AFC Bournemouth: Lewis Grabban sets sights on individual goalscoring record

Bournemouth Echo: STRIKER: Lewis Grabban STRIKER: Lewis Grabban

LEWIS Grabban helped fire Cherries a step closer to the Championship play-offs before setting his sights on carving his name in the Dean Court record books.

Grabban took his goal tally for the season to 19 when he netted a quick-fire double during Cherries’ 4-2 victory over Birmingham at St Andrew’s on Saturday.

And the 26-year-old Londoner’s exploits saw him draw level with Luther Blissett as the club’s highest league goal-scorer in a second-flight campaign.

Blissett, top scorer during Cherries’ final two seasons in Division Two, hit 19 goals in 1988-89 to propel Harry Redknapp’s men to 12th – the highest finish in the club’s history.

Grabban, whose previous best for a season had been 18 in League Two with Rotherham, has notched six goals in March as Cherries have reduced from 14 to five points the gap to the top six.

In an interview with the Daily Echo, Grabban, whose second goal against the Blues came from the penalty spot, said: “It would be a good achievement to get my name in the club’s record books and it is something I will be aiming to do in the final seven games of the season.

“I have met Luther Blissett a few times and have seen photos of him around the ground. Trying to score 20 goals a season is something every striker wants to do and it would be great if I could reach that target as soon as possible.”

Grabban’s double was sandwiched between Matt Ritchie’s opener and Ian Harte’s first goal for the club as Cherries raced into a 4-0 lead against the Blues, repeating their heroics from the midweek win over Leeds.

And although Manchester United loan star Federico Macheda reduced the arrears, Cherries stood firm to record their seventh away win of the season, eclipsing the previous best in the second tier, set in 1987-88.

Grabban added: “We started well again and we were able to build on the early goal. We had planned to play well and get a positive result but to go 3-0 up as early as we did was a bonus. It was a great achievement to get such a good result against a massive club with such a rich history and tradition.

“We are closing in on the play-offs and that shows how far we have come in the past few months. The only thing we can do is take it game by game and that is what has been giving us success. We aren’t getting ahead of ourselves or looking too far ahead. We are in a good position so let’s see what happens from here on in.

“Everyone wants to get to the play-offs and then the Premier League. If we can maintain our form and slip into the play-offs, it would be unbelievable.”

Discussing Grabban’s contribution, boss Eddie Howe said: “He has been excellent for us this season and has deserved his goal tally. He has improved at the level and his work rate has been outstanding. Hopefully, he will reach the landmark because he would deserve to.”

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7:40am Mon 31 Mar 14

ifordcherry says...

Nice one Grabbs,now sort the beard out !!
Nice one Grabbs,now sort the beard out !! ifordcherry
  • Score: -19

7:52am Mon 31 Mar 14

nonnogeppetto says...

I have, from time to time, accused Grabban of being selfish but I guess when it comes to scoring goals who can blame him.

It goes to show that it was a good move by Eddie et al to offer him a better contract and keep him at AFCB we could be reading about how well he was doing at Brighton by now!

I hope he gets his record and goes on scoring for us and indeed get us into the play-offs. It has to be because in late April beginning of May I will be visiting my brother's grave in Pescara so I can tell him about AFCB's achievements. The good thing is that I will be back for the play-offs games.
I have, from time to time, accused Grabban of being selfish but I guess when it comes to scoring goals who can blame him. It goes to show that it was a good move by Eddie et al to offer him a better contract and keep him at AFCB we could be reading about how well he was doing at Brighton by now! I hope he gets his record and goes on scoring for us and indeed get us into the play-offs. It has to be because in late April beginning of May I will be visiting my brother's grave in Pescara so I can tell him about AFCB's achievements. The good thing is that I will be back for the play-offs games. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 10

10:56am Mon 31 Mar 14

susi.m says...

Think Grabban has finally got it.
Great day out in great weather on Saturday. Loved it.
Cant wait for Saturday. This season has just flown by this year.
Think Grabban has finally got it. Great day out in great weather on Saturday. Loved it. Cant wait for Saturday. This season has just flown by this year. susi.m
  • Score: 3

12:52pm Mon 31 Mar 14

stjxf12 says...

So glad we were able to keep Lewis and offer the better contract . Lewis and Yann are a force to be reckoned with and will only get better and better the more games they play together. Bring on the Loft boys Saturday.
So glad we were able to keep Lewis and offer the better contract . Lewis and Yann are a force to be reckoned with and will only get better and better the more games they play together. Bring on the Loft boys Saturday. stjxf12
  • Score: 6

12:52pm Mon 31 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

He is doing quite well for himself in all honesty,considering we where told pre season by a certain commentator that he was not of a championship standard,good luck and get that record
He is doing quite well for himself in all honesty,considering we where told pre season by a certain commentator that he was not of a championship standard,good luck and get that record alasdair1967
  • Score: 8

12:57pm Mon 31 Mar 14

bobsworthforever says...

Whatever you do don't get injured Grabbs we haven't got any cover unless we bring someone in from the development squad
Whatever you do don't get injured Grabbs we haven't got any cover unless we bring someone in from the development squad bobsworthforever
  • Score: -26

1:16pm Mon 31 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Hopefully with a couple more Grabbs goals we'll end up higher than Brighton in the league to reinforce that Lewis made the right decision to stay. A few more on top of that should see us leapfrog Reading too!
UTC
Hopefully with a couple more Grabbs goals we'll end up higher than Brighton in the league to reinforce that Lewis made the right decision to stay. A few more on top of that should see us leapfrog Reading too! UTC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 6

1:33pm Mon 31 Mar 14

CC C-siders says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
He is doing quite well for himself in all honesty,considering we where told pre season by a certain commentator that he was not of a championship standard,good luck and get that record
True. Who was that commentator, and where is he now? Mr ' mustn't get carried away' !
3 points against QPR would set up a brilliant climax to the season. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. What a great position to be in.
UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: He is doing quite well for himself in all honesty,considering we where told pre season by a certain commentator that he was not of a championship standard,good luck and get that record[/p][/quote]True. Who was that commentator, and where is he now? Mr ' mustn't get carried away' ! 3 points against QPR would set up a brilliant climax to the season. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. What a great position to be in. UTCIAD CC C-siders
  • Score: 5

1:54pm Mon 31 Mar 14

devon fan says...

CC C-siders wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
He is doing quite well for himself in all honesty,considering we where told pre season by a certain commentator that he was not of a championship standard,good luck and get that record
True. Who was that commentator, and where is he now? Mr ' mustn't get carried away' !
3 points against QPR would set up a brilliant climax to the season. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. What a great position to be in.
UTCIAD
that commentator is locked in a room with Milton Archer digesting the latesr financial figures to come out of the team up the road
[quote][p][bold]CC C-siders[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: He is doing quite well for himself in all honesty,considering we where told pre season by a certain commentator that he was not of a championship standard,good luck and get that record[/p][/quote]True. Who was that commentator, and where is he now? Mr ' mustn't get carried away' ! 3 points against QPR would set up a brilliant climax to the season. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. What a great position to be in. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]that commentator is locked in a room with Milton Archer digesting the latesr financial figures to come out of the team up the road devon fan
  • Score: 1

3:13pm Mon 31 Mar 14

swanagecherrie says...

Lets not get to greedy going for records Lewis it's still a team game if someones in a better position to score use him the goals will come for you as a team. Two huge games next week we have done better in the second half of the season against teams so very winnable games. If we get results next week the playoffs won't just be a outside chance they will be a reality. Roll in Saturday full house lots of noise (Harry don't let Barton wind you up)
Lets not get to greedy going for records Lewis it's still a team game if someones in a better position to score use him the goals will come for you as a team. Two huge games next week we have done better in the second half of the season against teams so very winnable games. If we get results next week the playoffs won't just be a outside chance they will be a reality. Roll in Saturday full house lots of noise (Harry don't let Barton wind you up) swanagecherrie
  • Score: 0

5:28pm Mon 31 Mar 14

raybren says...

Cannot see us getting positive results against QPR and Reading . Best thing to do would be batten down the hatches and go for 0 - 0 draws . Their superior talents will make it difficult to do any better .
THIS IS AN IMPRESSION OF SOMEBODY , ANSWERS ON A POST !
Cannot see us getting positive results against QPR and Reading . Best thing to do would be batten down the hatches and go for 0 - 0 draws . Their superior talents will make it difficult to do any better . THIS IS AN IMPRESSION OF SOMEBODY , ANSWERS ON A POST ! raybren
  • Score: -2

5:31pm Mon 31 Mar 14

dustbindanny says...

I don't think I have seen a more quicker , pacier forward this year than Lewis Grabban, where does he get all that energy from? The guy runs his ' heart out' every game for us ? It might not be this year but boy, if this team can stick together, what an exciting season is in prospect for them and us next season!
I don't think I have seen a more quicker , pacier forward this year than Lewis Grabban, where does he get all that energy from? The guy runs his ' heart out' every game for us ? It might not be this year but boy, if this team can stick together, what an exciting season is in prospect for them and us next season! dustbindanny
  • Score: 5

5:38pm Mon 31 Mar 14

nonnogeppetto says...

raybren wrote:
Cannot see us getting positive results against QPR and Reading . Best thing to do would be batten down the hatches and go for 0 - 0 draws . Their superior talents will make it difficult to do any better .
THIS IS AN IMPRESSION OF SOMEBODY , ANSWERS ON A POST !
raybren have you seen any white flags flying towards you yet!! he must be cursing his luck!!!

As for batting down the hatches I think it will rather sharp shooting right from the start! as we are now safe (!!!) the instructions will be 'go out there relax and enjoy yourselves' the pressure is on them. Up the mighty CHERRIES
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Cannot see us getting positive results against QPR and Reading . Best thing to do would be batten down the hatches and go for 0 - 0 draws . Their superior talents will make it difficult to do any better . THIS IS AN IMPRESSION OF SOMEBODY , ANSWERS ON A POST ![/p][/quote]raybren have you seen any white flags flying towards you yet!! he must be cursing his luck!!! As for batting down the hatches I think it will rather sharp shooting right from the start! as we are now safe (!!!) the instructions will be 'go out there relax and enjoy yourselves' the pressure is on them. Up the mighty CHERRIES nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 3

5:40pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Nat1234 says...

swanagecherrie wrote:
Lets not get to greedy going for records Lewis it's still a team game if someones in a better position to score use him the goals will come for you as a team. Two huge games next week we have done better in the second half of the season against teams so very winnable games. If we get results next week the playoffs won't just be a outside chance they will be a reality. Roll in Saturday full house lots of noise (Harry don't let Barton wind you up)
Don't let Barton wind Harry up . Is that redknapp lol , I expect he winds him up as well ...
[quote][p][bold]swanagecherrie[/bold] wrote: Lets not get to greedy going for records Lewis it's still a team game if someones in a better position to score use him the goals will come for you as a team. Two huge games next week we have done better in the second half of the season against teams so very winnable games. If we get results next week the playoffs won't just be a outside chance they will be a reality. Roll in Saturday full house lots of noise (Harry don't let Barton wind you up)[/p][/quote]Don't let Barton wind Harry up . Is that redknapp lol , I expect he winds him up as well ... Nat1234
  • Score: -2

6:06pm Mon 31 Mar 14

raybren says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
raybren wrote:
Cannot see us getting positive results against QPR and Reading . Best thing to do would be batten down the hatches and go for 0 - 0 draws . Their superior talents will make it difficult to do any better .
THIS IS AN IMPRESSION OF SOMEBODY , ANSWERS ON A POST !
raybren have you seen any white flags flying towards you yet!! he must be cursing his luck!!!

As for batting down the hatches I think it will rather sharp shooting right from the start! as we are now safe (!!!) the instructions will be 'go out there relax and enjoy yourselves' the pressure is on them. Up the mighty CHERRIES
Hello Nonno , can only see doves and seagulls so far !
Speaking for myself , can ' t stop chuckling as the goals fly in !
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Cannot see us getting positive results against QPR and Reading . Best thing to do would be batten down the hatches and go for 0 - 0 draws . Their superior talents will make it difficult to do any better . THIS IS AN IMPRESSION OF SOMEBODY , ANSWERS ON A POST ![/p][/quote]raybren have you seen any white flags flying towards you yet!! he must be cursing his luck!!! As for batting down the hatches I think it will rather sharp shooting right from the start! as we are now safe (!!!) the instructions will be 'go out there relax and enjoy yourselves' the pressure is on them. Up the mighty CHERRIES[/p][/quote]Hello Nonno , can only see doves and seagulls so far ! Speaking for myself , can ' t stop chuckling as the goals fly in ! raybren
  • Score: -1

8:13pm Mon 31 Mar 14

golfer33 says...

Oxbog has done a runner.
The Cherries are now only 2-5 to finish in the top half,
12-1 to reach the playoffs.
33-1 to win the playoffs.
Myself, I think due to our awful goal difference we will finish in 8th behind Brighton and Ipswich.
Oxbog has done a runner. The Cherries are now only 2-5 to finish in the top half, 12-1 to reach the playoffs. 33-1 to win the playoffs. Myself, I think due to our awful goal difference we will finish in 8th behind Brighton and Ipswich. golfer33
  • Score: 1

12:39am Tue 1 Apr 14

John T says...

raybren wrote:
Cannot see us getting positive results against QPR and Reading . Best thing to do would be batten down the hatches and go for 0 - 0 draws . Their superior talents will make it difficult to do any better .
THIS IS AN IMPRESSION OF SOMEBODY , ANSWERS ON A POST !
Am I right in thinking that there is a 'hint' in his daft name?
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Cannot see us getting positive results against QPR and Reading . Best thing to do would be batten down the hatches and go for 0 - 0 draws . Their superior talents will make it difficult to do any better . THIS IS AN IMPRESSION OF SOMEBODY , ANSWERS ON A POST ![/p][/quote]Am I right in thinking that there is a 'hint' in his daft name? John T
  • Score: 3

10:36am Tue 1 Apr 14

mark.s says...

golfer33 wrote:
Oxbog has done a runner.
The Cherries are now only 2-5 to finish in the top half,
12-1 to reach the playoffs.
33-1 to win the playoffs.
Myself, I think due to our awful goal difference we will finish in 8th behind Brighton and Ipswich.
All the Saints and Swindon posters have been ever so quiet recently...
[quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: Oxbog has done a runner. The Cherries are now only 2-5 to finish in the top half, 12-1 to reach the playoffs. 33-1 to win the playoffs. Myself, I think due to our awful goal difference we will finish in 8th behind Brighton and Ipswich.[/p][/quote]All the Saints and Swindon posters have been ever so quiet recently... mark.s
  • Score: 0

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