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AFC Bournemouth star Arter: We must look to build on Doncaster success
HARRY Arter has urged his Cherries team-mates to put their record-breaking win to the back of their minds and focus on following it up with another three points at Blackpool.
Cherries secured their biggest victory in the second flight in thrashing Doncaster 5-0 on Saturday and now travel to another side hovering above the relegation spots in the Championship.
Arter has stressed the importance of not getting carried away by one result, insisting that any kind of win tomorrow would be as valuable as the Donny success.
He told the Daily Echo: “Last weekend was really good but if we don’t apply ourselves against Blackpool, don’t play as well as we can and don’t get any points, we’ll see last week as a bit wasted. We need to start where we left off and try and kick on.
“Football is a week by week business and last weekend has gone. If we don’t perform against Blackpool then the manager is going to have a problem with that.”
Blackpool are without a win in 17 games and have plummeted since the early stages of the Championship season.
But for Arter, this does not mean he and his team-mates will see the Tangerines as easy meat.
The midfielder is confident that Howe has created a culture in which members of the squad perceive all games as an equal test of their mettle.
He said: “We need to approach it the same as we did the Doncaster game.
“It’s such a good attribute of our manager that he would never let the lads rest on their laurels or take any game for granted.
“Performances have improved a lot and whether we play Derby away or Doncaster at home, albeit the results were different, the performances were very good.
“Going into the Blackpool game, attitude-wise, I can’t see anyone approaching it differently, so I would expect what you see from this team week in, week out – a high-energy performance where we try and give ourselves the best opportunity to win the game.
“The way we prepare for Blackpool will be the way we’d prepare for a cup final. From week to week, the intensity is there and that’s why we’re becoming a better team.”
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