AFC Bournemouth skipper Tommy Elphick: We must learn our Championship lesson

Bournemouth Echo: SKIPPER'S CALL: Tommy Elphick in action SKIPPER'S CALL: Tommy Elphick in action

CAPTAIN Tommy Elphick believes the lessons learned from last season’s experiments can provide the perfect formula for a successful second stint in the Championship.

The Dean Court skipper missed just one match in all competitions from November 23 and formed a formidable partnership with Steve Cook at the heart of a Cherries defence which secured five clean sheets in six matches from the start of March.

That coincided with a fine run of form – eight wins in 10 second-tier outings – which took Cherries from 17th at the end of February to within striking distance of the play-off places with five games to play.

Ultimately, a berth in the top six proved a bridge too far for Eddie Howe’s men but Elphick, 26, reckons Cherries can benefit from their year on the learning curve and hit the ground running this time.

Discussing the importance of a flying start to the new campaign, Elphick told the Daily Echo: “Last season it was new to us all and there was a lot of change in the first few weeks. Rocky (Ryan Allsop) was in goal but got suspended, then got injured and we had to shuffle things round quite a bit.

“We flirted with a back three and while that was a great tool for us to use, once we got settled with a four we found our rhythm and got on a bit of a roll. It gave us the platform for everybody to defend from front to back.

“Even when we weren’t keeping clean sheets, we put in the work on the training ground and it paid off in the end. There is no better feeling than going to places like Barnsley, keeping them out and nicking a late goal and we need to do more of that next season if we are to be successful.

“With the way we play, we have to defend from the front. The manager wants us to press high, be expansive and play with energy which is a great tactic. When it comes off I think people can see how well it suits us.

“Last season, there were some big wake-up calls for us but we learned from them. Yes, we were a little bit shaken up by early results but the reason we became so successful was because we never doubted ourselves and always stuck to the game plan.

“We finished last season really well and if we want to move on from that, we have to keep in mind everything we took from our experiences, both good and bad.”

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12:57am Sat 7 Jun 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

The lesson is, . . . . . . DONT SELL OUR BEST PLAYERS
The lesson is, . . . . . . DONT SELL OUR BEST PLAYERS RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 5

6:58am Sat 7 Jun 14

Nat1234 says...

I just hope Eddie has got a good striker lined up ?. But knowing Eddie , he has . The strikers we Have got apart from yann , are good players to bring on . They are just not good enough to start every match . Not one of them are a patch on grabbs .
I just hope Eddie has got a good striker lined up ?. But knowing Eddie , he has . The strikers we Have got apart from yann , are good players to bring on . They are just not good enough to start every match . Not one of them are a patch on grabbs . Nat1234
  • Score: -17

8:33am Sat 7 Jun 14

afcbtintin says...

Presumably the lesson for Max & Jeff is not to spend over the FFP threshold.
UTCIAD
Presumably the lesson for Max & Jeff is not to spend over the FFP threshold. UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 0

9:15am Sat 7 Jun 14

AFCB,It's the club I follow says...

Would like to see Ed give Matt Richie a few friendlies as a striker. Quick, good touch, knows where the goal is and a good finisher, think he could work well with Yan and we have plenty of cover in our midfield armoury.
Would like to see Ed give Matt Richie a few friendlies as a striker. Quick, good touch, knows where the goal is and a good finisher, think he could work well with Yan and we have plenty of cover in our midfield armoury. AFCB,It's the club I follow
  • Score: 7

9:38am Sat 7 Jun 14

horsted says...

was Surman part of the deal with Grabban, if not it should have been
was Surman part of the deal with Grabban, if not it should have been horsted
  • Score: -1

9:41am Sat 7 Jun 14

canfordcherry says...

New kit.
Was it worth the change to add a little gold and the new format badge?
New kit. Was it worth the change to add a little gold and the new format badge? canfordcherry
  • Score: -4

9:45am Sat 7 Jun 14

redster says...

Hoping we can hold the current team together without anymore being sold over the rest of the summer! Grabs was always going to go ,he has an ambitious agent and after a purple patch with us has decided he can do better! Who knows if Norwich do not shape up he will move on from them. Not every player who leaves us has done well out of it!
Hoping we can hold the current team together without anymore being sold over the rest of the summer! Grabs was always going to go ,he has an ambitious agent and after a purple patch with us has decided he can do better! Who knows if Norwich do not shape up he will move on from them. Not every player who leaves us has done well out of it! redster
  • Score: 4

12:02pm Sat 7 Jun 14

West moors 1 says...

Not to give the bAll away should be lesson 1. Most of our goals against came from us losing the ball in a critical position. We need to hang on to our defence and obviously find a partner for Yann plus another striking thread to plug injury and add to attack when things are looking tricky. Can't wait to se Gosling in midfield, quality.
Not to give the bAll away should be lesson 1. Most of our goals against came from us losing the ball in a critical position. We need to hang on to our defence and obviously find a partner for Yann plus another striking thread to plug injury and add to attack when things are looking tricky. Can't wait to se Gosling in midfield, quality. West moors 1
  • Score: 2

12:49pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Deejaycee says...

West moors 1 wrote:
Not to give the bAll away should be lesson 1. Most of our goals against came from us losing the ball in a critical position. We need to hang on to our defence and obviously find a partner for Yann plus another striking thread to plug injury and add to attack when things are looking tricky. Can't wait to se Gosling in midfield, quality.
Most teams concede the majority of goals after they have given the ball away, we are no different, we just have to make sure we don't do it quite as often as everyone else.
[quote][p][bold]West moors 1[/bold] wrote: Not to give the bAll away should be lesson 1. Most of our goals against came from us losing the ball in a critical position. We need to hang on to our defence and obviously find a partner for Yann plus another striking thread to plug injury and add to attack when things are looking tricky. Can't wait to se Gosling in midfield, quality.[/p][/quote]Most teams concede the majority of goals after they have given the ball away, we are no different, we just have to make sure we don't do it quite as often as everyone else. Deejaycee
  • Score: 3

3:09pm Sat 7 Jun 14

canfordcherry says...

horsted wrote:
was Surman part of the deal with Grabban, if not it should have been
I don't know, but the majority of City fans rate him as well and want him to stay!
[quote][p][bold]horsted[/bold] wrote: was Surman part of the deal with Grabban, if not it should have been[/p][/quote]I don't know, but the majority of City fans rate him as well and want him to stay! canfordcherry
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