DEFENDER Steve Cook insists in-form Cherries have forgotten all about last season’s promotion wobble – but admits they can ill afford a repeat at backmarkers Yeovil.
The Dean Court outfit’s imperious run of five straight Championship victories, the latest a resounding 3-1 success over play-off rivals Reading on Tuesday, has propelled Cherries to within shooting distance of the top six.
Having seen off big-spending QPR and the Royals over the past five days, Cherries switch their attention to the foot of the table on Saturday (3.07pm) with Gary Johnson’s Glovers embroiled in a scrap for survival.
A quintet of victories saw Cherries hit the League One summit in February last season before a shock 2-0 defeat at 16th-placed Preston North End prompted a run of five consecutive defeats which threatened to derail their charge.
But while Cook argued that Cherries’ remarkable year had banished the memory of that painful sequence, the much-vaunted centre-half warned there was no margin for error this time round.
“To be honest, no one has mentioned that run,” said Cook. “We have been talking more about the dip in form we had this season and what we have done to move on from it.
“We bounced back quickly last season and have done the same again in the Championship which shows just how far we have come.
“But one result can change your season and that’s the way it is looking for us at the moment.
“We can’t afford to drop points if we want to make the play-offs and these are the games you look at and like to think you can win.
“Yeovil are fighting for their lives and tend to pick up results you wouldn’t expect from them so they are a danger, but we have learned a lot from past defeats and we are going there full of confidence.”
Meanwhile, Cook believes Yeovil’s desperation to cut the six-point gap to safety could play into Cherries’ hands in Somerset.
“Sometimes, when teams have nothing to play for they will quite happily sit back and take the draw but Yeovil are going to have to come at us and try to win the game,” he added.
“I think that’s when we are at our best because our counter-attacking football is outstanding at the moment.
“We are at our most dangerous when sides come at us because we’re confident and have players who are capable of picking them off. Not many defenders will fancy coming up against us and their need to win might work in our favour.”