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Barnard desperate to chip in for free-scoring Cherries
LEE Barnard admits he is desperate to contribute more to the Cherries goal fest but knows sticking to the team ethos must be his first priority.
Loan star Barnard has netted four times in 14 league appearances since joining Cherries from Southampton on the eve of the start of the season.
The 28-year-old opened his account with an equaliser at Portsmouth in Cherries’ League One curtain-raiser and also scored at Sheffield United, Crawley and Carlisle.
And while Barnard says he has been “disappointed” to net just one of Cherries’ 19 league goals under Eddie Howe, he knows playing his part in their impressive run is more important.
Barnard told the Daily Echo: “Personally, I am very frustrated at the moment. As a striker, I set my standards high and want to be scoring more goals.
“But there are no two ways about it, winning is the most important thing and it is great that we are on an unbeaten run because it is all about the team.
“When I don’t score, I come off the pitch feeling a little disappointed but know I have got to set aside my own disappointment because it is all about the team. We want to keep striving to get up the table and it is all about promotion.
“The manager drills into us that it is all about the team and not just the starting line-up but the whole squad. There are a lot of games coming up and we are going to need everybody. We have good strength in depth and everyone is hungry for success. There are no bad eggs here and we all get on well and work hard so that is a good base.”
Barnard, who has worked tirelessly up front for the cause, has played his part in Cherries’ revival under Howe and will be hoping to help them extend to eight games their unbeaten league run when they host Stevenage tonight (7.45pm).
He added: “I could always see from the outside that Bournemouth were going places. I spoke to people about the club before I joined and knew their ambition matched mine. For me, it was only a matter of time before we started winning.
“I kept saying we would go on a good run and, fortunately, we have. It is hard to go on a good run but even harder to keep it going so we will focus on each game. Nobody is getting carried away.
“We weren’t at our best in the first half against Oldham and, fortunately, we weren’t punished. But we showed what we are about in the second half. We have got to make sure we start well against Stevenage because they are a good side and it is going to be another tough game.”
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