AFC Bournemouth's Cook: It could have been us battling for survival

DROP CONCERNS: AFC Bournemouth's Steve Cook

DROP CONCERNS: AFC Bournemouth's Steve Cook

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

STEVE Cook admitted Eddie Howe’s men had once pondered the prospect of the boot being on the other foot when they went to Millwall on the final day of the season.

Cook revealed some of the players had spoken earlier this season about the possibility of Cherries’ Championship status depending on the outcome of their visit to the Den.

However, the defender said the discussion had centred on whether Cherries may require a positive result to avoid an immediate return to League One – rather than to reach the play-offs.

Cook has starred during Cherries’ memorable first campaign in the second flight since 1990 with the club guaranteed to finish in the top 11, while Millwall could still go down.

“The possibility of needing a positive result to stay up did get mentioned,” said Cook in an interview with the Daily Echo. “How times have changed!

“A couple of weeks ago, we were thinking we might need to go there to win to get a place in the play-offs. I think that just shows how far we have come this season. It wasn’t to be but we still have a job to do.

“We are going there to win, it is as simple as that. We want to finish as high as possible and can climb another spot so that is the target. We are treating it like any other game. We know it is going to be an unbelievable atmosphere but these are the games you want to play in and this is why we are in this league.

“We have been speaking about this game for a long time and, hopefully, we can go there and enjoy it. The atmosphere at the Den is always great and they are going to have to raise the roof because of their situation.

“Personally, I think they are safe anyway but they will need to win to make sure so it should be a good spectacle because both teams will be going all out for the three points.”

Millwall are two points above the drop zone, although their goal difference is vastly inferior to third-bottom Birmingham who travel to Bolton.

Doncaster, a point below the Lions, visit champions Leicester, while Blackpool host Charlton.

Asked for his take on the relegation situation, Cook said: “I think Birmingham have it all to do because Bolton is such a tough place to go. But you never know. Blackpool went to Wigan and won 2-0 and who would have thought that would happen?

“I don’t think anyone can call it but I am just glad we are miles away from it and haven’t got to worry. We will have good travelling support and want to go out with a win.

"It is going to be a tough game but how many times have we said that this season and come away with a fantastic result.”

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6:20am Fri 2 May 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Dat's the spirit Cookie, 3 points please boys and lots of noise from the Cherries support!!!
Dat's the spirit Cookie, 3 points please boys and lots of noise from the Cherries support!!! TedMacsCherryPants
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11:03pm Fri 2 May 14

golfer33 says...

Not in the same league as us, should be an easy 3 points and 2/1 for the win is great odds. mind you we said that against Yeovil, but 2/1, cant let that pass by.
Also fancy Australia for the guineas tomorrow.
Not in the same league as us, should be an easy 3 points and 2/1 for the win is great odds. mind you we said that against Yeovil, but 2/1, cant let that pass by. Also fancy Australia for the guineas tomorrow. golfer33
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11:07pm Fri 2 May 14

dekayedcherry says...

After the early season "thumpings" at Watford & Huddersfield,many could have been forgiven for thinking we were in for a very tough season and indeed may have been going to Millwall on the last day of the season to avoid relegation. However as the season progressed,so did The Cherries and with the addition of Camp, Ward and later Kermorgant into the side (the spine of the side) and with the improved defensive awareness of Elphick and Cook and the improvement in the match fitness of Harte and Surman together with the consistent form of O'Kane & Arter.
The ever present Simon Francis and Matt Ritchie partnership and the improved defensive qualities of Pugh added to his attacking attributes have all contributed to an ever improving team BUT the one player who has "run his guts out" for the team and been our most consistent and top goalscorer is Lewis Grabban who has been a revelation this season. "Clean Sheets" help you not lose games but GOALS win games and Grabban's goals have been a major factor why we are where we are.

We are extremely fortunate to have perhaps the best "Young Management Team" in all of the Football League and with the skilful use of substitutes from a strong squad. who have all played their part in getting the team where it is today,
The Management structure at the club from Max, Demin & Jeff Mostyn, Eddie & Jason down to the Youth Development side with Joe,Carl and Steve (development) is now in place and vastly improved since Mitchell's reign. So everything is looking very good for the future and with a few players in and a few players out, we could be "dreaming" of a top 6 finish next year.Onwards and Upwards. UTC.
After the early season "thumpings" at Watford & Huddersfield,many could have been forgiven for thinking we were in for a very tough season and indeed may have been going to Millwall on the last day of the season to avoid relegation. However as the season progressed,so did The Cherries and with the addition of Camp, Ward and later Kermorgant into the side (the spine of the side) and with the improved defensive awareness of Elphick and Cook and the improvement in the match fitness of Harte and Surman together with the consistent form of O'Kane & Arter. The ever present Simon Francis and Matt Ritchie partnership and the improved defensive qualities of Pugh added to his attacking attributes have all contributed to an ever improving team BUT the one player who has "run his guts out" for the team and been our most consistent and top goalscorer is Lewis Grabban who has been a revelation this season. "Clean Sheets" help you not lose games but GOALS win games and Grabban's goals have been a major factor why we are where we are. We are extremely fortunate to have perhaps the best "Young Management Team" in all of the Football League and with the skilful use of substitutes from a strong squad. who have all played their part in getting the team where it is today, The Management structure at the club from Max, Demin & Jeff Mostyn, Eddie & Jason down to the Youth Development side with Joe,Carl and Steve (development) is now in place and vastly improved since Mitchell's reign. So everything is looking very good for the future and with a few players in and a few players out, we could be "dreaming" of a top 6 finish next year.Onwards and Upwards. UTC. dekayedcherry
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