STEVE Cook insists that Cherries still have a score to settle with Huddersfield Town as they aim to put behind them the nightmare of the drubbing in West Yorkshire 12 months ago.
Eddie Howe’s men suffered a chastening 5-1 defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium, with Cook part of the back four that could not keep out a James Vaughan treble and efforts from Adam Hammill and Adam Clayton.
However, the defender says the nature of the loss up north has given the Cherries squad huge incentive to triumph in tomorrow’s 2014-15 Championship curtain-raiser.
Cook told the Daily Echo: “That defeat is still very fresh in our minds and it’s something that we want to put right.
“Hopefully we will give our travelling supporters something to cheer about on Saturday.
“That match at Huddersfield and the 6-1 away defeat against Watford were huge eye-openers as to how strong the league was, but we built from then on, in order to make sure it didn not happen again.
“It was a massive learning curve for us at the time and I think maybe those defeats gave us that extra incentive to get better.
“I think we’ve come so far since then. We’ve learned a lot about the league and ourselves and I think we’ve improved no end.”
The 23-year-old also featured in the team that recorded Cherries’ only victory at Huddersfield in the last 21 years, when he played 90 minutes in a 1-0 League One victory in 2011.
Cook continued: “At that time they were on a long unbeaten run at home, so I remember that day very well. That’s something we will hopefully replicate this Saturday.
“Adam Clayton was one of their main players last year so it will be a big loss for them if he moves on, but they have brought in Conor Coady from Liverpool who is meant to be a very good player.
“Huddersfield are a good side as a lot of sides are in the Championship, so we will pay them a lot of respect, but we’re still going there to win.”