AFC Bournemouth: Cherries defender Simon Francis targets unbeaten end to Championship season

Bournemouth Echo: DEFENDER: Simon Francis DEFENDER: Simon Francis

SIMON Francis has warned the Championship’s play-off challengers to beware of in-form Cherries’ late surge after targeting an unbeaten end to the season.

A majestic March was capped off in style as Cherries put to the sword Birmingham City with a 4- 2 success at St Andrews on Saturday, the Dean Court outfit’s sixth win in eight league outings.

Victory moved Eddie Howe’s men up to 10th and within five points of sixth-placed Reading with seven matches to play, while the maximum haul also saw Cherries close in on a record points total in the second tier.

Harry Redknapp’s class of 1989 finished 12th in Division Two with 62 points, just seven more than the current crop has managed so far, a statistic largely lost amid the excitement of a potential push for the Premier League.

But while supporters and staff are daring to dream, the dependable defender insists the players’ determination centres around maintaining the fine form which has already seen Cherries rack up a record number of away wins in the second flight.

On the prospect of passing more milestones, Francis told the Daily Echo: “I don’t think it is in the players’ minds too much.

“I’m sure people at the club and the fans are thinking about it but it would be naive for us to look too far towards the end of the season and what it might take to get in the play-offs or set records.

“To catch the top six, other teams are going to have to slip up as well as us putting together a really good run, we know that.

“It would probably mean us not losing again but we’re all for it. We want to finish as high as possible and if that’s in the play-offs then that would the perfect end to the season.

“I think we have surpassed everyone’s expectations already. People outside the club probably thought just staying up would have been an achievement for us, but we knew with the quality we have in the squad that we could finish higher than that.

“Apart from a few disappointing results away from home earlier in the season, we have come a long way. We have learned a lot and improved every single week.

“A lot of people can see that now and I think we’re definitely one of the teams to be taking note of towards the end of the season.”

  • Cherries yesterday confirmed that Saturday’s match against Queens Park Rangers had sold out. No more tickets will be issued.

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6:48am Thu 3 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

It's been a great season but it is good that there is something to play for and remaining unbeaten is an excellent aim that should at least see us get our best league position. It's a big ask, but all of our games against the bigger teams are at home which we have to hope will help us.

As I work in Herts I bumped into a friend last night who is a Watford fan who I hadn't seen for a while and his first words were about the Cherries and that p-word, so believe me others are starting to notice us (at last!)!!

On different subjects - my Sheffield Wednesday tickets show 19th April? - confusing??

Nonno - I traced your comment about Smhinto's contribution to the 'body in the tree' story - LOL, surprisingly humurous

Smhinto - "tree-boned steak" indeed! I was expecting you to say because of this find we wouldn't win another match this season etc, etc.
Regards
It's been a great season but it is good that there is something to play for and remaining unbeaten is an excellent aim that should at least see us get our best league position. It's a big ask, but all of our games against the bigger teams are at home which we have to hope will help us. As I work in Herts I bumped into a friend last night who is a Watford fan who I hadn't seen for a while and his first words were about the Cherries and that p-word, so believe me others are starting to notice us (at last!)!! On different subjects - my Sheffield Wednesday tickets show 19th April? - confusing?? Nonno - I traced your comment about Smhinto's contribution to the 'body in the tree' story - LOL, surprisingly humurous Smhinto - "tree-boned steak" indeed! I was expecting you to say because of this find we wouldn't win another match this season etc, etc. Regards TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: -3

7:52am Thu 3 Apr 14

pokesdown1 says...

One look at Readings` fixture list proves they are the ones to catch.

Cant do much about the others I`m afraid.Out of our,and the other teams involved,hands.
One look at Readings` fixture list proves they are the ones to catch. Cant do much about the others I`m afraid.Out of our,and the other teams involved,hands. pokesdown1
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7:56am Thu 3 Apr 14

nonnogeppetto says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
It's been a great season but it is good that there is something to play for and remaining unbeaten is an excellent aim that should at least see us get our best league position. It's a big ask, but all of our games against the bigger teams are at home which we have to hope will help us.

As I work in Herts I bumped into a friend last night who is a Watford fan who I hadn't seen for a while and his first words were about the Cherries and that p-word, so believe me others are starting to notice us (at last!)!!

On different subjects - my Sheffield Wednesday tickets show 19th April? - confusing??

Nonno - I traced your comment about Smhinto's contribution to the 'body in the tree' story - LOL, surprisingly humurous

Smhinto - "tree-boned steak" indeed! I was expecting you to say because of this find we wouldn't win another match this season etc, etc.
Regards
Rather unfortunate photo of Simon Francis above!!!! Which ball he is he protecting from the opponent??


My favourite post on the other place (as they say in the House of Commons!) is the one about 'belonging to England's National Hide and Seek Champion'!! Though I have to say that a serious matter of this nature should not receive such attention. I was tempted to put. 'playing a tree (three) iron'!! just as sick I guess!
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: It's been a great season but it is good that there is something to play for and remaining unbeaten is an excellent aim that should at least see us get our best league position. It's a big ask, but all of our games against the bigger teams are at home which we have to hope will help us. As I work in Herts I bumped into a friend last night who is a Watford fan who I hadn't seen for a while and his first words were about the Cherries and that p-word, so believe me others are starting to notice us (at last!)!! On different subjects - my Sheffield Wednesday tickets show 19th April? - confusing?? Nonno - I traced your comment about Smhinto's contribution to the 'body in the tree' story - LOL, surprisingly humurous Smhinto - "tree-boned steak" indeed! I was expecting you to say because of this find we wouldn't win another match this season etc, etc. Regards[/p][/quote]Rather unfortunate photo of Simon Francis above!!!! Which ball he is he protecting from the opponent?? My favourite post on the other place (as they say in the House of Commons!) is the one about 'belonging to England's National Hide and Seek Champion'!! Though I have to say that a serious matter of this nature should not receive such attention. I was tempted to put. 'playing a tree (three) iron'!! just as sick I guess! nonnogeppetto
  • Score: -6

8:15am Thu 3 Apr 14

cherrychris75 says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote: It's been a great season but it is good that there is something to play for and remaining unbeaten is an excellent aim that should at least see us get our best league position. It's a big ask, but all of our games against the bigger teams are at home which we have to hope will help us. As I work in Herts I bumped into a friend last night who is a Watford fan who I hadn't seen for a while and his first words were about the Cherries and that p-word, so believe me others are starting to notice us (at last!)!! On different subjects - my Sheffield Wednesday tickets show 19th April? - confusing?? Nonno - I traced your comment about Smhinto's contribution to the 'body in the tree' story - LOL, surprisingly humurous Smhinto - "tree-boned steak" indeed! I was expecting you to say because of this find we wouldn't win another match this season etc, etc. Regards
Rather unfortunate photo of Simon Francis above!!!! Which ball he is he protecting from the opponent?? My favourite post on the other place (as they say in the House of Commons!) is the one about 'belonging to England's National Hide and Seek Champion'!! Though I have to say that a serious matter of this nature should not receive such attention. I was tempted to put. 'playing a tree (three) iron'!! just as sick I guess!
It is an unfortunate photo of Franno when you look at the name of the the player charging in! Player of year time. Francis, grabban, okane for me but Camp, Tommy and Cooky all have helped us turn the corner
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: It's been a great season but it is good that there is something to play for and remaining unbeaten is an excellent aim that should at least see us get our best league position. It's a big ask, but all of our games against the bigger teams are at home which we have to hope will help us. As I work in Herts I bumped into a friend last night who is a Watford fan who I hadn't seen for a while and his first words were about the Cherries and that p-word, so believe me others are starting to notice us (at last!)!! On different subjects - my Sheffield Wednesday tickets show 19th April? - confusing?? Nonno - I traced your comment about Smhinto's contribution to the 'body in the tree' story - LOL, surprisingly humurous Smhinto - "tree-boned steak" indeed! I was expecting you to say because of this find we wouldn't win another match this season etc, etc. Regards[/p][/quote]Rather unfortunate photo of Simon Francis above!!!! Which ball he is he protecting from the opponent?? My favourite post on the other place (as they say in the House of Commons!) is the one about 'belonging to England's National Hide and Seek Champion'!! Though I have to say that a serious matter of this nature should not receive such attention. I was tempted to put. 'playing a tree (three) iron'!! just as sick I guess![/p][/quote]It is an unfortunate photo of Franno when you look at the name of the the player charging in! Player of year time. Francis, grabban, okane for me but Camp, Tommy and Cooky all have helped us turn the corner cherrychris75
  • Score: 2

9:31am Thu 3 Apr 14

pokesdown1 says...

Why is Dicko wearing gloves?
Why is Dicko wearing gloves? pokesdown1
  • Score: 0

9:57am Thu 3 Apr 14

bobsworthforever says...

Reading didn't win any of their home matches in March including a 3-1 beating by Barnsley were catching them hand over fist just a matter of time as for Simon very good but the whole teams played well really
Reading didn't win any of their home matches in March including a 3-1 beating by Barnsley were catching them hand over fist just a matter of time as for Simon very good but the whole teams played well really bobsworthforever
  • Score: 1

1:56pm Thu 3 Apr 14

kangman2012 says...

Don't say things lie this Simon, we'll end up losing 6-0!
Don't say things lie this Simon, we'll end up losing 6-0! kangman2012
  • Score: 1

8:02pm Thu 3 Apr 14

afcbcasuals says...

Had reservations about him in this league but he has improved as the season has gone on ..awesome performance against Leeds another big performance required on Saturday ..up the cherries
Had reservations about him in this league but he has improved as the season has gone on ..awesome performance against Leeds another big performance required on Saturday ..up the cherries afcbcasuals
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