AFC Bournemouth: Surman targets super six to realise play-off dream

ON THE ATTACK: AFC Bournemouth's Andrew Surman

ON THE ATTACK: AFC Bournemouth's Andrew Surman

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

ANDREW Surman says Cherries must target six wins from their final six games if they are to earn a place in the Championship play-offs.

Nottingham Forest, Brighton, Ipswich and Blackburn are chasing Reading for the final play-off spot alongside Cherries and loanee Surman admits the Dean Court side cannot afford any slip-ups.

Cherries host the sixth-placed Royals tonight (7.45pm) and the 27-year-old midfielder is adamant that a win-at-all-costs mentality must run throughout the squad.

He told the Daily Echo: “We know we have to go into every game looking to win it. If we win every game from now until the end of the season, we’ll be in the play-offs.

“We have to take the same attitude and character that we’ve shown recently into the game tonight and if we play as well as we can then we’ve got a decent chance.

“I think it will be a similar game to QPR where there was a really good feel around the place. We know how much it means to the fans to win.”

Meanwhile, Reading defender Sean Morrison has talked up Cherries’ threat as Nigel Adkins’s troops prepare to make the trip south.

Morrison said: “You know what you’re going to get down there. It's quite a tight pitch and they are a fantastic team with Eddie Howe at the helm, so it’s going to be a very difficult game.

“At the moment the play-offs are in our hands and that’s what you want.

“You don’t want to be relying on other teams to lose. We know if we win our games we go into the play-offs and, hopefully, to Wembley.”

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