AFC Bournemouth: We've got nothing to fear says Andrew Surman

Bournemouth Echo: CHERRIES LOAN STAR: Andrew Surman CHERRIES LOAN STAR: Andrew Surman

ANDREW Surman insists Cherries will have nothing to fear when they step out for their win or bust Easter Monday showdown against Ipswich.

The Norwich City loan star says Eddie Howe’s men will be pulling out all the stops in a bid to keep alive their play-off hopes when they do battle with the Tractor Boys.

Surman will be hoping to help Cherries put one over Ipswich – the Canaries’ arch East Anglian rivals – when they lock horns at Portman Road tomorrow (3pm).

The 27-year-old has fond memories of the Suffolk venue having netted the opener in the last derby between the clubs – a 5-1 win for Norwich three years ago to the day of tomorrow's match.

Surman told the Daily Echo: “Having put ourselves in this position, it would be a big disappointment if we didn’t make the play-offs. I know people have been saying it has been a great season and some were thinking survival would have been a success.

“But we are in the top half and have put ourselves in a great position. As players, we want to go all the way and it would be disappointing to miss out, especially if we didn’t perform as well as we know we can. We have to give it our best shot to give ourselves the best chance.

“Ipswich is a massive game and, if we don’t win, we are out of it anyway so we have to go there, get three points and then look to the next game. It felt like a missed opportunity losing to Sheffield Wednesday. Without playing too badly, we gifted them two goals in the first half and missed a few chances, including mine.

“But I still think there is going to be another twist. We can’t give it up because teams are going to drop points. If we can pick up maximum points then you never know. We just have to concentrate on what we are doing.

“We are by no means out of it, although it is probably out of our hands. We have to go into the game with a no-fear attitude because we have nothing to lose.”

Surman, who helped Norwich reach the Premier League in 2011, added: “I love playing at Portman Road. It is a great stadium and I am really looking forward to the challenge. I have good memories because I scored the last time I played there. It is going to be a tough game but we will have no fear and will give it our all.”

Midfielder Harry Arter is available after returning from a three-match suspension, while boss Eddie Howe is set to make a late check on striker Lewis Grabban.

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7:57pm Sun 20 Apr 14

raybren says...

It would be good to see Surman score , he has got into scoring positions of late without looking convincing . If he could add a goal or two to his all round play , he would be the complete package at this level .
It would be good to see Surman score , he has got into scoring positions of late without looking convincing . If he could add a goal or two to his all round play , he would be the complete package at this level . raybren
  • Score: 6

9:35pm Sun 20 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

Nothing but a win tomorrow will suffice to keep the dream alive ,good luck to one and all making the long trip to cheer the lads on ,sadly fourth Easter in a row on call out so will not be able to make the trip, will have fingers toes all crossed to keep my prediction alive needing a win at millwall to secure a playoff position
Nothing but a win tomorrow will suffice to keep the dream alive ,good luck to one and all making the long trip to cheer the lads on ,sadly fourth Easter in a row on call out so will not be able to make the trip, will have fingers toes all crossed to keep my prediction alive needing a win at millwall to secure a playoff position alasdair1967
  • Score: -4

10:47pm Sun 20 Apr 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Nothing but a win tomorrow will suffice to keep the dream alive ,good luck to one and all making the long trip to cheer the lads on ,sadly fourth Easter in a row on call out so will not be able to make the trip, will have fingers toes all crossed to keep my prediction alive needing a win at millwall to secure a playoff position
A win at Millwall will not secure a playoff position. ....................
.................... ......GET REAL
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Nothing but a win tomorrow will suffice to keep the dream alive ,good luck to one and all making the long trip to cheer the lads on ,sadly fourth Easter in a row on call out so will not be able to make the trip, will have fingers toes all crossed to keep my prediction alive needing a win at millwall to secure a playoff position[/p][/quote]A win at Millwall will not secure a playoff position. .................... .................... ......GET REAL RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 8

7:24am Mon 21 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
Nothing but a win tomorrow will suffice to keep the dream alive ,good luck to one and all making the long trip to cheer the lads on ,sadly fourth Easter in a row on call out so will not be able to make the trip, will have fingers toes all crossed to keep my prediction alive needing a win at millwall to secure a playoff position
A win at Millwall will not secure a playoff position. ....................

.................... ......GET REAL
Until it is totally mathematically impossible I will still dream ,unlike you who obviously doesn't , I have said earlier in the season that it would go down to the last game, my scenario is we will need a win to secure sixth position and they will need a win to avoid relegation ,as I have said until it is mathematically impossible I dare to dream !!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Nothing but a win tomorrow will suffice to keep the dream alive ,good luck to one and all making the long trip to cheer the lads on ,sadly fourth Easter in a row on call out so will not be able to make the trip, will have fingers toes all crossed to keep my prediction alive needing a win at millwall to secure a playoff position[/p][/quote]A win at Millwall will not secure a playoff position. .................... .................... ......GET REAL[/p][/quote]Until it is totally mathematically impossible I will still dream ,unlike you who obviously doesn't , I have said earlier in the season that it would go down to the last game, my scenario is we will need a win to secure sixth position and they will need a win to avoid relegation ,as I have said until it is mathematically impossible I dare to dream !!!!!!!! alasdair1967
  • Score: -5

9:27am Mon 21 Apr 14

WHYNOT says...

brighton only need to win 2 games and will finish above us if we win all 3, bookies dont give us much chance we are sixth favourites to get that last spot behind brighton reading ipswich watford and forest, the 5 points dropped against yeovil and wednesday put paid to our chances
brighton only need to win 2 games and will finish above us if we win all 3, bookies dont give us much chance we are sixth favourites to get that last spot behind brighton reading ipswich watford and forest, the 5 points dropped against yeovil and wednesday put paid to our chances WHYNOT
  • Score: 6

9:57am Mon 21 Apr 14

canfordcherry says...

WHYNOT wrote:
brighton only need to win 2 games and will finish above us if we win all 3, bookies dont give us much chance we are sixth favourites to get that last spot behind brighton reading ipswich watford and forest, the 5 points dropped against yeovil and wednesday put paid to our chances
Let's not bother turning up then Mr. Pessimistic.........
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Do you not think these other teams with more expectations on their shoulders may crack under pressure? While there is still a chance, believe!
[quote][p][bold]WHYNOT[/bold] wrote: brighton only need to win 2 games and will finish above us if we win all 3, bookies dont give us much chance we are sixth favourites to get that last spot behind brighton reading ipswich watford and forest, the 5 points dropped against yeovil and wednesday put paid to our chances[/p][/quote]Let's not bother turning up then Mr. Pessimistic......... .... Do you not think these other teams with more expectations on their shoulders may crack under pressure? While there is still a chance, believe! canfordcherry
  • Score: -5

10:42am Mon 21 Apr 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

canfordcherry. . . . . . WHYNOT is not being Pessimistic. . . . . . He is facing up to the truth. ....................
......HE IS BEING REALISTIC.........
canfordcherry. . . . . . WHYNOT is not being Pessimistic. . . . . . He is facing up to the truth. .................... ......HE IS BEING REALISTIC......... RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 9

11:51am Mon 21 Apr 14

alasdair1967 says...

It's not over to the fat lady sings ,no matter what the entire team has surpassed all expectations this season and well done to them
It's not over to the fat lady sings ,no matter what the entire team has surpassed all expectations this season and well done to them alasdair1967
  • Score: 0

1:16pm Mon 21 Apr 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

At the start of the season I wrote that if we managed to stay in the Championship I would consider that a small victory. . . . We have excelled ourselves. . . . . . . ALASDAIR1967, . . . Why dont you stick a £100 on Yeovil to win the Premiership Title in the next four years. ....................
....................
................ ITS MATHEMATICALLY POSSIBLE
At the start of the season I wrote that if we managed to stay in the Championship I would consider that a small victory. . . . We have excelled ourselves. . . . . . . ALASDAIR1967, . . . Why dont you stick a £100 on Yeovil to win the Premiership Title in the next four years. .................... .................... ................ ITS MATHEMATICALLY POSSIBLE RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 3

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