HARRY Arter credited Cherries’ unflinching home support as the catalyst behind last season’s revenge missions and revealed his determination to keep the crowd on their feet.
The midfield man, 24, stated that the buzz around Dean Court had lifted the dressing room ahead of strong home performances against sides who had previously been the protagonists in away-day horror shows.
Early-season thumpings at Watford and Huddersfield Town were followed by a 3-0 reverse at QPR in December before Cherries dished out retribution with seven points out of nine when those clubs visited Dorset.
And Arter was keen to share the acclaim for the late-season surge, hailing the patience of Cherries followers in the difficult early stages during their first Championship season.
Looking back on the past campaign, Arter told the Daily Echo: “Overall, we did really well, especially having suffered heavy defeats against Huddersfield, Watford and, to an extent, QPR.
“It was such a nice feeling to play those teams again and get positive results. Although we drew against Watford, we played all three of them off the park.
“To get beaten like we did at those places and to return the favour later in the season was a nice feeling and a lot of lads, without realising it, took a lot of confidence from those games.
“At the time, it was demoralising and, no doubt, the players questioned themselves. The fans would have questioned things a little bit too, as to whether we could succeed in this league.
“The supporters deserve a lot of credit for sticking with it whether the result was positive or negative. Without them on our side, our job would have been much harder.
"We went to big teams last year like Birmingham where the crowd turned pretty quickly and you could see what a negative effect that had on their players.
"I would like to thank the fans for their positivity and for sticking by every player, they are always supportive and hopefully we can achieve even more for them next season."