AFC Bournemouth star Steve Cook: I will learn from my mistakes

HELD UP HIS HAND: Steve Cook admitted to making mistakes at Blackburn

HELD UP HIS HAND: Steve Cook admitted to making mistakes at Blackburn

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

DEFENDER Steve Cook shouldered his share of the blame for Cherries' defeat at Blackburn and then insisted: “I'll take it on the chin and learn from it.”

Cook was partly culpable as Rovers forged into a 2-0 lead through first-half goals from Jordan Rhodes and Grant Hanley at Ewood Park on Saturday.

The 23-year-old was brushed off by Rhodes for the opener before Hanley gave him the slip to head home the second - with goalkeeper Lee Camp arguably beaten too easily for both goals.

Camp, however, was powerless to stop the third with Craig Conway's long-range strike diverted past him by Rudy Gestede's clever flick as Rovers reached the break 3-0 in front.

Although a vastly-improved second-half display saw Cherries reduce the arrears through Brett Pitman's disputed penalty and Cook's finely-taken header, the visitors were unable to fashion an equaliser.

Cook told the Daily Echo: “We started really well and then I made a mistake for the first goal. My man scored from the second as well so I was gutted.

“The third goal was a deflection and we were left with an upward task having started so well and looked so comfortable. We nearly nicked a draw but it wasn't good enough overall.

“It was frustrating because we knew they would be quite direct. We played some decent stuff at times but gave ourselves too much to do and it was hard to take because the goals were so poor. On a personal note, I was very disappointed but I will learn from it.”

Cook, whose late header set up a grandstand finish, added: “We will take the positives. It was out of the blue and unlike us because we have started the season looking solid and strong.

“We feel we have come a long way and it was tough to take, especially for me because it is horrible making mistakes and, unfortunately, mine cost the team.

“But I will take it on the chin, go through the game with the manager and, hopefully, improve as a result of what happened.

“If you don't realise you have made mistakes, you are never going to learn. Everyone makes them and it is all about how you bounce back. I will.

“I made mistakes last season and felt I had a good season. I feel I am improving and, sometimes, games like this make you realise you still have a long way to go.”

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9:02am Mon 25 Aug 14

Cherryfan says...

I think we all forgive Steve for this slight blip on an impecable record he has for us. We all have an off day once in a while.
I think we all forgive Steve for this slight blip on an impecable record he has for us. We all have an off day once in a while. Cherryfan
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9:15am Mon 25 Aug 14

Square Old Codger says...

You learn more from mistakes than successes and Steve has the right attitude. Rhodes is probably the best striker in the Championship and may well soon be plying his trade in the Premiership. Cook, clearly is suffering from missing pre Season and is having to"play himself fit" and hopefully will be back to his normal form soon. Both have to put the Blacburn game behind them and concentrate on the Norwich match. In the words of the old song, "It was just one of those things" and better put behind them.
You learn more from mistakes than successes and Steve has the right attitude. Rhodes is probably the best striker in the Championship and may well soon be plying his trade in the Premiership. Cook, clearly is suffering from missing pre Season and is having to"play himself fit" and hopefully will be back to his normal form soon. Both have to put the Blacburn game behind them and concentrate on the Norwich match. In the words of the old song, "It was just one of those things" and better put behind them. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 11

10:22am Mon 25 Aug 14

bibocherry says...

The Max Gradel rumour seems to be hotting up. Anyone else heard anything. Chin up Steve, we all know that this was a one off.
The Max Gradel rumour seems to be hotting up. Anyone else heard anything. Chin up Steve, we all know that this was a one off. bibocherry
  • Score: 2

11:04am Mon 25 Aug 14

susi.m says...

bibocherry wrote:
The Max Gradel rumour seems to be hotting up. Anyone else heard anything. Chin up Steve, we all know that this was a one off.
Why do we need another winger?
Watched Max when he was playing in the World Cup and IMO he wasn't really that good.
[quote][p][bold]bibocherry[/bold] wrote: The Max Gradel rumour seems to be hotting up. Anyone else heard anything. Chin up Steve, we all know that this was a one off.[/p][/quote]Why do we need another winger? Watched Max when he was playing in the World Cup and IMO he wasn't really that good. susi.m
  • Score: 4

11:04am Mon 25 Aug 14

cromwell9 says...

A huge disapointment.It was not the defeat ,but the way we lost was the problem.
Cook was asleap ,and not on the ball for the fist goal,H e was also guilty for the 2nd, Along with Camp.
Lee Camp missed all the pre season matches ,and it all came home to roost at Blackburn.
No doubt Eddie will sort it out ,But you could see he was fuming,when he gave his interview to radio Solent.
O well onwards and upwards.
A huge disapointment.It was not the defeat ,but the way we lost was the problem. Cook was asleap ,and not on the ball for the fist goal,H e was also guilty for the 2nd, Along with Camp. Lee Camp missed all the pre season matches ,and it all came home to roost at Blackburn. No doubt Eddie will sort it out ,But you could see he was fuming,when he gave his interview to radio Solent. O well onwards and upwards. cromwell9
  • Score: 3

11:15am Mon 25 Aug 14

doccox says...

Carlton cole having talks withafc late yesterday and today as reported on west ham web site
Carlton cole having talks withafc late yesterday and today as reported on west ham web site doccox
  • Score: 3

12:26pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Nat1234 says...

doccox wrote:
Carlton cole having talks withafc late yesterday and today as reported on west ham web site
Can't see him signing for us . I hope he does , but can't see it somehow..
[quote][p][bold]doccox[/bold] wrote: Carlton cole having talks withafc late yesterday and today as reported on west ham web site[/p][/quote]Can't see him signing for us . I hope he does , but can't see it somehow.. Nat1234
  • Score: -2

12:30pm Mon 25 Aug 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Hear hear!

Re above,

Carlton Cole? Not with the injuries West Ham are 'blessed' with surely?
Hear hear! Re above, Carlton Cole? Not with the injuries West Ham are 'blessed' with surely? St Albans Cherry
  • Score: -1

12:43pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Afcbpete says...

We ALL make mistakes, any one saying otherwise is either fooling themselves, or lying!! Cookie and Camp will sort themselves out, of that I'm sure... UTCIAD
We ALL make mistakes, any one saying otherwise is either fooling themselves, or lying!! Cookie and Camp will sort themselves out, of that I'm sure... UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 6

12:44pm Mon 25 Aug 14

abc100 says...

I like West Ham and are always the result I first look for, it's known that they have to let players go before they can get anymore in
I like West Ham and are always the result I first look for, it's known that they have to let players go before they can get anymore in abc100
  • Score: 2

1:52pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Andifer says...

Cole would be a great recruit at the cost of only 1 million - his wages are another matter and will be the sticking point I imagine ! Our attacking options would now be the best we have EVER had !!!!!
Cole would be a great recruit at the cost of only 1 million - his wages are another matter and will be the sticking point I imagine ! Our attacking options would now be the best we have EVER had !!!!! Andifer
  • Score: 2

2:40pm Mon 25 Aug 14

John Peek says...

Rhodes used his arm to push Cook over before scoring his goal - should have been a foul. Adam Smith was clearly tripped for the penalty.
Rhodes used his arm to push Cook over before scoring his goal - should have been a foul. Adam Smith was clearly tripped for the penalty. John Peek
  • Score: 0

4:34pm Mon 25 Aug 14

nothingtofear says...

susi.m wrote:
bibocherry wrote:
The Max Gradel rumour seems to be hotting up. Anyone else heard anything. Chin up Steve, we all know that this was a one off.
Why do we need another winger?
Watched Max when he was playing in the World Cup and IMO he wasn't really that good.
Eden Hazard wasn't really that good in the World Cup either so don't understand your point re Gradel.
[quote][p][bold]susi.m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bibocherry[/bold] wrote: The Max Gradel rumour seems to be hotting up. Anyone else heard anything. Chin up Steve, we all know that this was a one off.[/p][/quote]Why do we need another winger? Watched Max when he was playing in the World Cup and IMO he wasn't really that good.[/p][/quote]Eden Hazard wasn't really that good in the World Cup either so don't understand your point re Gradel. nothingtofear
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4:41pm Mon 25 Aug 14

holdinkæft says...

John Peek wrote:
Rhodes used his arm to push Cook over before scoring his goal - should have been a foul. Adam Smith was clearly tripped for the penalty.
Dont take a Peek, take a look again.
[quote][p][bold]John Peek[/bold] wrote: Rhodes used his arm to push Cook over before scoring his goal - should have been a foul. Adam Smith was clearly tripped for the penalty.[/p][/quote]Dont take a Peek, take a look again. holdinkæft
  • Score: -5

5:00pm Mon 25 Aug 14

West moors 1 says...

Cherryfan wrote:
I think we all forgive Steve for this slight blip on an impecable record he has for us. We all have an off day once in a while.
Good quote, you can put on one hand the errors Cook has done since his arrival at the club. He's saved our team on countless occasions and we all know that he would feel rubbish about this weekends slip up. Cook will be the first one to want to get back to winning ways!
[quote][p][bold]Cherryfan[/bold] wrote: I think we all forgive Steve for this slight blip on an impecable record he has for us. We all have an off day once in a while.[/p][/quote]Good quote, you can put on one hand the errors Cook has done since his arrival at the club. He's saved our team on countless occasions and we all know that he would feel rubbish about this weekends slip up. Cook will be the first one to want to get back to winning ways! West moors 1
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5:41pm Mon 25 Aug 14

raybren says...

West Ham have accepted bid , move is up to Cole himself . Would be a marquee signing and a real boost after the last two games . No doubt Smhinto ( I have seen him play many times ) will have something to say about paying £1M for a 30 year old !
West Ham have accepted bid , move is up to Cole himself . Would be a marquee signing and a real boost after the last two games . No doubt Smhinto ( I have seen him play many times ) will have something to say about paying £1M for a 30 year old ! raybren
  • Score: 1

6:19pm Mon 25 Aug 14

horsted says...

this team has been together now for a while, we cant keep making simple mistakes, they cost you at this level, we need to find 2 players, one a proven goalscorer, and a Surman like figure in midfield, we have 2 or 3 players who will not cut it at this level.
this team has been together now for a while, we cant keep making simple mistakes, they cost you at this level, we need to find 2 players, one a proven goalscorer, and a Surman like figure in midfield, we have 2 or 3 players who will not cut it at this level. horsted
  • Score: 1

6:31pm Mon 25 Aug 14

nonnogeppetto says...

raybren wrote:
West Ham have accepted bid , move is up to Cole himself . Would be a marquee signing and a real boost after the last two games . No doubt Smhinto ( I have seen him play many times ) will have something to say about paying £1M for a 30 year old !
He needs no encouragement raybren (I refer to smhinto) leave him be!!

Or better still get him to bet you a season ticket I am sure he would not renege and cough up should he lose!!!

As far as making mistakes is concerned I have yet to meet a man (maybe some women!!!) that has not made a mistake! Up the mighty Cherries looking forward to tomorrow evening.
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: West Ham have accepted bid , move is up to Cole himself . Would be a marquee signing and a real boost after the last two games . No doubt Smhinto ( I have seen him play many times ) will have something to say about paying £1M for a 30 year old ![/p][/quote]He needs no encouragement raybren (I refer to smhinto) leave him be!! Or better still get him to bet you a season ticket I am sure he would not renege and cough up should he lose!!! As far as making mistakes is concerned I have yet to meet a man (maybe some women!!!) that has not made a mistake! Up the mighty Cherries looking forward to tomorrow evening. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 2

7:12pm Mon 25 Aug 14

cromwell9 says...

Eddie Howe ,is a pefectionist,.He wont take any prisoners,.
He exspects 100% from every man in the squad.If you under perform too many times ,he will quietly let you go.
Eddie dosent care who you are or where you come from. dont play up Get your head down or its goodbye.
Eddie Howe ,is a pefectionist,.He wont take any prisoners,. He exspects 100% from every man in the squad.If you under perform too many times ,he will quietly let you go. Eddie dosent care who you are or where you come from. dont play up Get your head down or its goodbye. cromwell9
  • Score: 2

7:37pm Mon 25 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Don't sweat it Steve, I've had more days than you've had hot dinners.

In Cookie we trust!!!!
Don't sweat it Steve, I've had more days than you've had hot dinners. In Cookie we trust!!!! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

9:24pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Minty Fresh says...

Cookie's a good player for sure but a long way from the finished article. He needs to aspire to the likes of Wes Morgan of Leicester City who didn't put a foot wrong last season during their march to the title. He was the best defender I've seen at Dean Court since Shaun Teale when they won here last February. Nothing got past him and his distribution was exceptional.
Cookie's a good player for sure but a long way from the finished article. He needs to aspire to the likes of Wes Morgan of Leicester City who didn't put a foot wrong last season during their march to the title. He was the best defender I've seen at Dean Court since Shaun Teale when they won here last February. Nothing got past him and his distribution was exceptional. Minty Fresh
  • Score: 0

10:31pm Mon 25 Aug 14

afcb-mark says...

doccox wrote:
Carlton cole having talks withafc late yesterday and today as reported on west ham web site
Seems like that deal has just fallen through.
[quote][p][bold]doccox[/bold] wrote: Carlton cole having talks withafc late yesterday and today as reported on west ham web site[/p][/quote]Seems like that deal has just fallen through. afcb-mark
  • Score: 0

1:13am Tue 26 Aug 14

ASM says...

Many on here think Surman is the answer to all our problems. Was he that special last year? For me he was always the quietest player on the pitch and every time he had a shot he looked more like Johnny Wilkinson than Frank Lampard. I think Arter and O'kane are better players. Don't get me wrong he is a decent player, but no better than what we already have.
Many on here think Surman is the answer to all our problems. Was he that special last year? For me he was always the quietest player on the pitch and every time he had a shot he looked more like Johnny Wilkinson than Frank Lampard. I think Arter and O'kane are better players. Don't get me wrong he is a decent player, but no better than what we already have. ASM
  • Score: -1
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