Tindall: Cherries midfielders among best in League One

JASON Tindall believes Cherries' League One rivals will struggle to field a better midfield pair than in-form duo Shaun MacDonald and Harry Arter.

The assistant manager is convinced that Cherries' engine-room partners are among the best in their position in English football's third tier.

MacDonald and Arter have been central to the club's resurgence since Eddie Howe and Tindall returned to take charge of first-team affairs.

Former Wales under-21s captain MacDonald has earned plaudits for his work ethic during a string of consistent displays.

Talented Arter has hit the headlines for his creative play and was rewarded with a new long-term contract last month.

Speaking after Cherries had recorded a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury Town last night, Tindall told the Daily Echo: “I think both of them are fantastic footballers. They do a great job for the team.

“Macca is, in some senses, an unsung hero with the amount of work he gets through and the amount of defensive positions he picks up.

“People saw with Harry last night that, going forward, he is very creative.

“With both of them together, I think you would find it tough to find two better central midfielders in the division.”

In defeating Shrewsbury, Cherries made it six matches without defeat following the arrival of Howe and Tindall as successors to Paul Groves and Shaun Brooks. The Goldsands Stadium outfit are now six points off the play-off places.

Tindall said: “You will only be successful by being consistent in your results and performances. That was our aim.

“We are playing catch-up in terms of points and we have just got to continue that level of performance and momentum, and make sure we stay focused for every training session and every game that we play.

“If we can manage to do that then, hopefully, we can continue the positive results and who knows where that may take us?”

Following the early strikes from Charlie Daniels and Josh McQuoid against Shrewsbury, Cherries have scored 16 goals in five games with Howe in the dugout. But Tindall admitted it should have been even better after Shrews keeper Chris Weale had denied the hosts on numerous occasions.

“We created a number of fantastic chances and their goalkeeper had one of those nights where he pretty much saved everything that was in his range and on target,” added Tindall.

“We were disappointed to have only scored two with the number of chances we created, but the most important thing was to put on a good performance and to get the three points and we managed to do that.

“I thought we were excellent in the second half against Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday and we started the game very well last night.”

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3:04pm Wed 7 Nov 12

The Renegade Master says...

Harry Arter is a top prospect but he will only become the finished article when he learns to keep his mouth shut and stop getting silly bookings for dissent or kicking the ball away.
Harry Arter is a top prospect but he will only become the finished article when he learns to keep his mouth shut and stop getting silly bookings for dissent or kicking the ball away. The Renegade Master

3:09pm Wed 7 Nov 12

let football be the winner says...

Mr Tindall needs to get the first flight back to planet Earth, He'll get a better view here of the game
Mr Tindall needs to get the first flight back to planet Earth, He'll get a better view here of the game let football be the winner

3:36pm Wed 7 Nov 12

kangman2012 says...

A rare post-match interview from JT. Eddie must have been giving the boys a rollicking for missing so many sitters and letting a certain player know what he felt about another mistake costing us in the goals against column, ho hum -UTC!
A rare post-match interview from JT. Eddie must have been giving the boys a rollicking for missing so many sitters and letting a certain player know what he felt about another mistake costing us in the goals against column, ho hum -UTC! kangman2012

4:36pm Wed 7 Nov 12

lionheart says...

JT & EH need to sort Harry out re the backchat resulting in bookings for dissent otherwise Harry will be suspended again.

Refs hardly ever change their minds. Just get on with the game and take a leaf out of brother in law Scott Parker's book. You don't see him being booked that often when he plays.
JT & EH need to sort Harry out re the backchat resulting in bookings for dissent otherwise Harry will be suspended again. Refs hardly ever change their minds. Just get on with the game and take a leaf out of brother in law Scott Parker's book. You don't see him being booked that often when he plays. lionheart

4:57pm Wed 7 Nov 12

CherryFarmer says...

lionheart wrote:
JT & EH need to sort Harry out re the backchat resulting in bookings for dissent otherwise Harry will be suspended again.

Refs hardly ever change their minds. Just get on with the game and take a leaf out of brother in law Scott Parker's book. You don't see him being booked that often when he plays.
You're having a laugh mate.....Scott Parker is the 6th most booked player ever in the premiership and with a booking every 3.74 games is the most frequently booked player currently playing apart from Joey Barton (but he is no longer playing in this country). Must run in the family!!!
[quote][p][bold]lionheart[/bold] wrote: JT & EH need to sort Harry out re the backchat resulting in bookings for dissent otherwise Harry will be suspended again. Refs hardly ever change their minds. Just get on with the game and take a leaf out of brother in law Scott Parker's book. You don't see him being booked that often when he plays.[/p][/quote]You're having a laugh mate.....Scott Parker is the 6th most booked player ever in the premiership and with a booking every 3.74 games is the most frequently booked player currently playing apart from Joey Barton (but he is no longer playing in this country). Must run in the family!!! CherryFarmer

8:03pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Talkingheadera says...

Didn't do Roy keane much harm career wise to back chat constantly!
Having said that I agree it's needless and pointless and frustrating for the fans.
Harry is on fire though at the moment and so is Shaun.
Didn't do Roy keane much harm career wise to back chat constantly! Having said that I agree it's needless and pointless and frustrating for the fans. Harry is on fire though at the moment and so is Shaun. Talkingheadera

8:28am Thu 8 Nov 12

AFCBade says...

I still fear that against top sides we might need some more steel in the middle. Having said that, the attacking nature of the team should mean lots of goals. I actually look forward to every game again !!
I still fear that against top sides we might need some more steel in the middle. Having said that, the attacking nature of the team should mean lots of goals. I actually look forward to every game again !! AFCBade

1:02pm Thu 8 Nov 12

tricky1007 says...

not many positive comments here even though our record is superb since the guys come back. As many have said some fans will find something to pick about no matter how well we do!
not many positive comments here even though our record is superb since the guys come back. As many have said some fans will find something to pick about no matter how well we do! tricky1007

5:55pm Thu 8 Nov 12

West moors 1 says...

I am no Arter fan but he has been a lot better since EH & JT have returned. I'm not a believer that he is a creative super midfield player but credit where credit is due, he's done a great job over the last several weeks. McDonald is working so hard for the team and is a proper professional player. Will Arter ever keep his silly mouth shut, no chance because he comes across a bit thick in the interviews!
I am no Arter fan but he has been a lot better since EH & JT have returned. I'm not a believer that he is a creative super midfield player but credit where credit is due, he's done a great job over the last several weeks. McDonald is working so hard for the team and is a proper professional player. Will Arter ever keep his silly mouth shut, no chance because he comes across a bit thick in the interviews! West moors 1

6:40pm Thu 8 Nov 12

bigfatsteve says...

Always been an Arter fan since he first joined the club. Yeah, he might shout his mouth off when the ref gives a poor decision, this is a small price to pay for someone of his ability. He will learn from having to sit on he bench every now and then. He'll definitely play at a higher level, whether it's with Bournemouth or someone else only time will tell.
Always been an Arter fan since he first joined the club. Yeah, he might shout his mouth off when the ref gives a poor decision, this is a small price to pay for someone of his ability. He will learn from having to sit on he bench every now and then. He'll definitely play at a higher level, whether it's with Bournemouth or someone else only time will tell. bigfatsteve

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