Cherries: Barnard believes in strike partner Grabban

First published in Cherries News Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

FELLOW striker Lee Barnard believes Cherries’ hat-trick hero Lewis Grabban is the real deal.

Grabban notched the first treble of his career as Eddie Howe’s men moved to within four points of the League One play-off zone with a 4-1 win over Oldham on Saturday.

The 24-year-old took centre stage during an impressive second-half showing and netted three times in the space of 18 minutes to put the hosts in control.

Grabban, a summer recruit from Rotherham, made an inauspicious start to his Cherries career, scoring just once in 11 appearances under previous boss Paul Groves.

However, in common with most of his team-mates, Grabban has flourished since Howe returned as boss last month, the frontman hitting five in seven games.

Loan striker Barnard, who hit 14 goals to help parent club Southampton reach the Championship in 2010-11, told the Daily Echo: “Grabs has been playing really well and it has been a pleasure to play up front with him. He is very clever, very quick and it was great to see him score a hat-trick because he deserved it. He will steal the limelight and rightly so. His finishing was excellent.

“I think he could play at a higher level because he has got everything. He is quick, strong and intelligent and he wants to learn and work hard. He has got all the attributes and, hopefully, he can play higher with Bournemouth.

“I remember scoring my first hat-trick for Southend against Orient (in 2009) and it was a great feeling. It is what strikers strive for. We want to score goals and getting a hat-trick is a dream come true. Hopefully, there will be more to come from him.”

Grabban scored twice in as many minutes when he diverted Harry Arter’s miscued shot past Oldham goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis before applying a neat finish to a Simon Francis cross.

And after unsuccessfully trying to claim the ball from Arter to take a 71st-minute penalty, Grabban followed up to ram home the rebound when Bouzanis could only parry the spot kick.

Cherries boss Howe told the Daily Echo: “I think Lewis is developing his all-round game. He is very athletic, he has a good touch and good technique. He has got everything the modern-day striker needs. The goals will do his confidence the world of good.

“He has worked very hard up front with Lee Barnard and they do all the ugly stuff in terms of pressing and winning back the ball high up the pitch. It was good to see him get his reward with a hat-trick.

“He had a really good season with Rotherham last season and scored a lot of goals. You could see why he moved up and he deserved the move. Hopefully, we can push him on and he can get more goals for us.”

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7:34am Mon 19 Nov 12

Local fan says...

Lee Barnard is a cultured forward who works his socks off, he deserves a hat full of goals and will get them soon. Lewis was superb, in the right place at the right time, especially for his third when he would rather have taken the penalty but hit in the rebound instead - pure Roy of the Rovers stuff. We have so many great players at AFCB and the number one manager in the country. Saturday's second half was totally awesome, we are having so many great games.
Lee Barnard is a cultured forward who works his socks off, he deserves a hat full of goals and will get them soon. Lewis was superb, in the right place at the right time, especially for his third when he would rather have taken the penalty but hit in the rebound instead - pure Roy of the Rovers stuff. We have so many great players at AFCB and the number one manager in the country. Saturday's second half was totally awesome, we are having so many great games. Local fan
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8:19am Mon 19 Nov 12

boyerboy says...

Lee "Scotland Yard" is an unsung hero ....not liked by some AFCB supporters but his work rate is second to none, he has not had the best of luck in recent matches but his turn will come soon and he will start banging them in i am sure, i would like us to hang onto him, trouble is we can only play eleven men and we have another five plus forwards waiting for a game!
Lee "Scotland Yard" is an unsung hero ....not liked by some AFCB supporters but his work rate is second to none, he has not had the best of luck in recent matches but his turn will come soon and he will start banging them in i am sure, i would like us to hang onto him, trouble is we can only play eleven men and we have another five plus forwards waiting for a game! boyerboy
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11:03am Mon 19 Nov 12

RED LETTER DAY says...

..Who is next up to face the Eddie Howe STEAM ROLLER ?. . . . . Its Stevenage tomorrow night............. Be There!
..Who is next up to face the Eddie Howe STEAM ROLLER ?. . . . . Its Stevenage tomorrow night............. Be There! RED LETTER DAY
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11:26am Mon 19 Nov 12

danstarr says...

Good player that LB is, I'd rather see Bert back from Bristol City as he seems to be out-of-favour there.
Good player that LB is, I'd rather see Bert back from Bristol City as he seems to be out-of-favour there. danstarr
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11:38am Mon 19 Nov 12

Piston_Broke says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
..Who is next up to face the Eddie Howe STEAM ROLLER ?. . . . . Its Stevenage tomorrow night............. Be There!
If we can get past Stevenage tomorrow, and I think we will, we could witness AFCB on one of the longest unbeaten runs we'll ever see from the Cherries. On paper, our fixture list looks pretty straightforward until February, which will be an "interesting" month. Keep it up, one and all. UTC!
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: ..Who is next up to face the Eddie Howe STEAM ROLLER ?. . . . . Its Stevenage tomorrow night............. Be There![/p][/quote]If we can get past Stevenage tomorrow, and I think we will, we could witness AFCB on one of the longest unbeaten runs we'll ever see from the Cherries. On paper, our fixture list looks pretty straightforward until February, which will be an "interesting" month. Keep it up, one and all. UTC! Piston_Broke
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5:57pm Mon 19 Nov 12

oxoncherry2 says...

EH brings out the best in our players in so many ways. What each of them does when they don't have the ball is vital in a winning team. Grabban and Barnard are two perfect examples of that.
EH brings out the best in our players in so many ways. What each of them does when they don't have the ball is vital in a winning team. Grabban and Barnard are two perfect examples of that. oxoncherry2
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