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AFC Bournemouth: We've got nothing to fear says 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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