Cherries: Elphick hails class act Cook

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STAND-in skipper Tommy Elphick believes defensive partner Steve Cook has all qualities to become a leading centre-half for Cherries.

The former Brighton duo have enjoyed a successful spell at the heart of Cherries' back four since being put together by manager Eddie Howe.

Cook, who has lined up alongside Elphick in the absence of injured captain Miles Addison, has helped Cherries register four consecutive wins.

The 21-year-old has also played his part in the Cherries defence which has recorded back-to-back clean sheets against Colchester and Yeovil.

Elphick told the Daily Echo: “Cooky was a little bit younger than me so I saw him come through at Brighton and watched him quite a bit as a kid in the youth and reserve games.

“He is an athlete and has all the attributes to be a top centre-half. As long as he keeps working hard every day and keeps doing what he is doing at the moment, he is going to have a long career.

“He got the move last year and to get that move on the strength of what he did at Brighton was impressive for him because it wasn't as if he was a first-team player.

“Someone took a gamble on him and the pressure was on him to come here and perform. From what I heard, he came here and set it alight a little bit and I think you are starting to see that again now.”

Elphick, 25, has started every match following Howe's appointment as Paul Groves's successor. That period has seen Cherries improve defensively - with five shut-outs in 14 matches compared with just two in 13 prior to that.

Elphick believes that could hold the key to Cherries' League One promotion bid.

He added: “If you are going to get out of the division, it is all well and good having good strikers but you have got to build the foundations on clean sheets. Every week, if we are conceding none or one, it is good and that is what we need.

“And with the firepower and wide players we have got in this team, we are pretty special going forward at times.

“They say the strikers win you games but your back four will get you promoted or win you titles.

“It is still early days - it is two clean sheets in a row - and we want to continue that at home against Crawley.”

Cherries will be aiming to extend their 14-match unbeaten run when they host Crawley at Dean Court today (3pm).

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8:38am Sat 29 Dec 12

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Very well done to Tommy and Steve Cook the clean sheets are doing us good, and I rarely see Cooky making mistakes. Looking forward to this afternooon, hope the crowd is a bit more up for it than Boxing Day, it was quiet for a full house.....another 3pts please boys....UTC!!!
Very well done to Tommy and Steve Cook the clean sheets are doing us good, and I rarely see Cooky making mistakes. Looking forward to this afternooon, hope the crowd is a bit more up for it than Boxing Day, it was quiet for a full house.....another 3pts please boys....UTC!!! TedMacsCherryPants
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8:54am Sat 29 Dec 12

bigredsmurf says...

Cook was MoM for me against yeovil - he was brilliant, rarely gets caught out or puts a foot wrong!
i hope he doesnt get dropped when Addisons fit again.
Another tough game today but keep believing!
UTC
Cook was MoM for me against yeovil - he was brilliant, rarely gets caught out or puts a foot wrong! i hope he doesnt get dropped when Addisons fit again. Another tough game today but keep believing! UTC bigredsmurf
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9:32am Sat 29 Dec 12

bibocherry says...

I think this is such a good pairing. Also when played Zubar seems to prove his worth, although cannot seem to be a regular when fit for some reason. I think it just proves a point about Addison, he is the weakest link in the team. If we want promotion we can not have weak links in the chain. 3 points this afternoon please. UTCIAD.
I think this is such a good pairing. Also when played Zubar seems to prove his worth, although cannot seem to be a regular when fit for some reason. I think it just proves a point about Addison, he is the weakest link in the team. If we want promotion we can not have weak links in the chain. 3 points this afternoon please. UTCIAD. bibocherry
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9:59am Sat 29 Dec 12

DansAFCB says...

It would seem that Elphick is sort of saying he hopes the pairing still remain when Addison is fit again?

I dont rate Addison I also feel he is the weak link for us.
It would seem that Elphick is sort of saying he hopes the pairing still remain when Addison is fit again? I dont rate Addison I also feel he is the weak link for us. DansAFCB
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10:56am Sat 29 Dec 12

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Anyone need an adult ticket for today??

I have a spare due to my son being ill. North stand Block15 Row Q.

I'll monitor this post for responses until noon. Any takers we can meet somewhere to exchange.
Anyone need an adult ticket for today?? I have a spare due to my son being ill. North stand Block15 Row Q. I'll monitor this post for responses until noon. Any takers we can meet somewhere to exchange. TedMacsCherryPants
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5:02pm Sat 29 Dec 12

bibocherry says...

Again I rest my case, we have had mainly clean sheets since Addison injury, speaks volumes. Even the AFCB bloggers seem to think it could be difficult for Addison to get back into the team. Lets hope fingers crossed we do not lose Cook soon!!!!!!! I think we all know what I mean.
Again I rest my case, we have had mainly clean sheets since Addison injury, speaks volumes. Even the AFCB bloggers seem to think it could be difficult for Addison to get back into the team. Lets hope fingers crossed we do not lose Cook soon!!!!!!! I think we all know what I mean. bibocherry
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