AFC Bournemouth skipper Tommy Elphick: Now is the best time to win promotion to the Premier League

DETERMINED: Tommy Elphick

DETERMINED: Tommy Elphick

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CAPTAIN Tommy Elphick insists there is no better time than this season for Cherries to earn promotion to the Premier League.

The 2-1 win over QPR on Saturday meant Eddie Howe’s in- form side remained within five points of sixth-placed Reading and the gap will decrease to two should they beat the Royals at Dean Court tonight (7.45pm).

While some have questioned whether Cherries are ready for a third promotion in five seasons, Elphick is adamant that he and his team-mates have to seize their chance.

He told the Daily Echo: “People say it could be too early but that’s ridiculous, because there’s no right time to go up. We might never get this chance again so we’ve got to keep pushing.

“This club is improving every day. It still has a stigma attached to it and you see that because we’re not getting the credit we deserve and perhaps the coverage we deserve, but we don’t care about that. We’re proud of what we’ve done so far and we want to keep going.

“We’ve got a strong dressing room and a young progressive manager and he’s hungry, the players are hungry and the owner’s hungry, so there’s only one place this club’s going.

“Everyone wants to keep improving. We’ll keep striving and try to keep those dreams alive. Every game we win, the next game becomes bigger and that’s how it’s going to be until the end of the season. We want to keep putting three points on the board and keep moving forward.”

Reading have proved difficult to beat in the Championship of late with Barnsley the only team to overcome them in the past eight games. Nigel Adkins has kept the Royals in the play-off places for the majority of the second half of the campaign and Elphick is keenly aware of the task ahead, but is adamant that only three points will do.

Elphick continued: “Nigel Adkins is another young manager who leaves no stone unturned and is meticulous in his preparation.

“He’s been there and done it. He’s taken teams up and they have got a good squad, so it’s going to be a huge test.

“As well as us, they seem to be the only ones winning at the moment, but if we start well then I think we will give ourselves a big chance. If we want to get into the play-offs, we’ve got to beat them.”

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9:23am Tue 8 Apr 14

StewieJT says...

Nigel Adkins iis 49, so not really young, more like halfway through his management career!
Nigel Adkins iis 49, so not really young, more like halfway through his management career! StewieJT
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11:08am Tue 8 Apr 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

READING UP FOR GRABS, . . . . . . . Best of luck tonight Lewis and of course to the whole team
READING UP FOR GRABS, . . . . . . . Best of luck tonight Lewis and of course to the whole team RED LETTER DAY
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12:25pm Tue 8 Apr 14

canfordcherry says...

You can never turn down the chance of playing in the Prem.
OK stadium infrastructure is no where near ready and a lot of fans would be disappointed week in week out, which would be the biggest down side of going up now, but manage the wages properly and the £60 mill plus, should we come bottom, will build us for the future. Never say never in my opinion.
You can never turn down the chance of playing in the Prem. OK stadium infrastructure is no where near ready and a lot of fans would be disappointed week in week out, which would be the biggest down side of going up now, but manage the wages properly and the £60 mill plus, should we come bottom, will build us for the future. Never say never in my opinion. canfordcherry
  • Score: 9

1:09pm Tue 8 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

canfordcherry wrote:
You can never turn down the chance of playing in the Prem.
OK stadium infrastructure is no where near ready and a lot of fans would be disappointed week in week out, which would be the biggest down side of going up now, but manage the wages properly and the £60 mill plus, should we come bottom, will build us for the future. Never say never in my opinion.
Totally agree, manage the money and take the parachute payments if necessary.
[quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: You can never turn down the chance of playing in the Prem. OK stadium infrastructure is no where near ready and a lot of fans would be disappointed week in week out, which would be the biggest down side of going up now, but manage the wages properly and the £60 mill plus, should we come bottom, will build us for the future. Never say never in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, manage the money and take the parachute payments if necessary. TedMacsCherryPants
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2:08pm Tue 8 Apr 14

raybren says...

With so much huger around , let ' s have ( spaghetti ) hoops for supper !
With so much huger around , let ' s have ( spaghetti ) hoops for supper ! raybren
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2:10pm Tue 8 Apr 14

raybren says...

Er , hunger
Er , hunger raybren
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3:09pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Cherryfan says...

Just a question? Given we are struggling infrastructure-wise to compete in the Championship, would you prefer to watch us winning most weeks in the Championship whilst building for the future or loosing every week in the premiership? Score + for the championship or - the Premiership.
Just a question? Given we are struggling infrastructure-wise to compete in the Championship, would you prefer to watch us winning most weeks in the Championship whilst building for the future or loosing every week in the premiership? Score + for the championship or - the Premiership. Cherryfan
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4:03pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Afcbpete says...

Cherryfan wrote:
Just a question? Given we are struggling infrastructure-wise to compete in the Championship, would you prefer to watch us winning most weeks in the Championship whilst building for the future or loosing every week in the premiership? Score + for the championship or - the Premiership.
Plenty of people were saying similar about us being in the Championship!!! As already said, I'd take going up, regardless of what happened next season. The ONE thing I'd not want to see were it to turn into a one season wonder, and that's for Eddie to lose his job, he must stay in charge at all costs!! Besides, Maxim would make money available I'm sure, and believe we'd make a good go of it. I'd just hope there would be some sanity amongst the fans, and that they'd realise what a tough ask staying there is. Still, we have to get there first, all eyes on tonight and sing your hearts out.... UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Cherryfan[/bold] wrote: Just a question? Given we are struggling infrastructure-wise to compete in the Championship, would you prefer to watch us winning most weeks in the Championship whilst building for the future or loosing every week in the premiership? Score + for the championship or - the Premiership.[/p][/quote]Plenty of people were saying similar about us being in the Championship!!! As already said, I'd take going up, regardless of what happened next season. The ONE thing I'd not want to see were it to turn into a one season wonder, and that's for Eddie to lose his job, he must stay in charge at all costs!! Besides, Maxim would make money available I'm sure, and believe we'd make a good go of it. I'd just hope there would be some sanity amongst the fans, and that they'd realise what a tough ask staying there is. Still, we have to get there first, all eyes on tonight and sing your hearts out.... UTCIAD Afcbpete
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4:18pm Tue 8 Apr 14

greenshoes says...

StewieJT wrote:
Nigel Adkins iis 49, so not really young, more like halfway through his management career!
Ha! he may not be young to you StewieJT, trust me he's young
[quote][p][bold]StewieJT[/bold] wrote: Nigel Adkins iis 49, so not really young, more like halfway through his management career![/p][/quote]Ha! he may not be young to you StewieJT, trust me he's young greenshoes
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