Cherries: O'Kelly insists the cream will rise to the top

First published in Cherries News

RICHARD O’Kelly helped Walsall put a spoke through Cherries’ promotion hopes – before tipping his former club to bounce back to land the League One title.

Assistant O’Kelly and boss Dean Smith plotted Cherries’ downfall at the Banks’s Stadium on Saturday as the Saddlers completed the double over Eddie Howe’s men.

O’Kelly, Sean O’Driscoll’s number two at Cherries between 2004 and 2006, saw Walsall win 2-1 at Dean Court in September in one of Paul Groves’s final games at the helm.

Cherries’ first league defeat under Howe saw them slip a place to eighth – with a gap of 13 points separating them from top two Tranmere and Doncaster.

Recent history suggests Cherries will need in excess of 80 points to finish in the automatic promotion places, with Howe’s team currently on 43 with 19 games remaining.

And while 13 of the 24 clubs in the division could still arguably harbour hopes of reaching the Championship, O’Kelly believes Cherries could finish as top dogs.

He told the Daily Echo: “I have watched them quite a lot and, without doubt, they are the best team in the division. I know their league position doesn’t show that at the moment, but they are.

“They have got good organisation and they all know what they are doing when they haven’t got the ball. For us to get anything out of the game, we knew we would have to be on top of our game and also have a bit of luck.

“My understanding is that the cream always rises to the top. Bournemouth have got a very consistent level of performance and the game could have gone either way. I thought the game was an outstanding advertisement for this division.”

O’Kelly added: “Our win at Bournemouth was before Eddie and the current management came in but it is the same group of players.

“You preach good behaviour, good attitude and ask them to be consistent in what they do and the players’ ability takes care of the rest.

“I don’t think there is any magical formula. It probably starts like that and then the personality of the managers and coaches puts that across to the players and lets them take it on board.”

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9:32am Tue 22 Jan 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Can still get 100 pts then (just!!!), good luck tonight boys, unbeaten run part 2 begins, 3 pts please! UTC!!!!
Can still get 100 pts then (just!!!), good luck tonight boys, unbeaten run part 2 begins, 3 pts please! UTC!!!! TedMacsCherryPants
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9:36am Tue 22 Jan 13

Luffbracherry says...

Dean Smith told his local paper that the win against the Cherries was his best achievement so far!
Dean Smith told his local paper that the win against the Cherries was his best achievement so far! Luffbracherry
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12:10pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Couchy125 says...

Good luck to the boys tonight. 3 points would be great. Looking forward to Saturdays game. Up the cherries.
Good luck to the boys tonight. 3 points would be great. Looking forward to Saturdays game. Up the cherries. Couchy125
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1:46pm Tue 22 Jan 13

ducky24 says...

Come on you Reds! We can bounce Hartlepool, surely! We need to come out all guns blazing and get 3 up by half time! Please don't persevere any longer with shot shy Thomas! It's no coincidence that we lost to Wigan and then Walsall with Thomas up front. Wake up and smell the coffee. His face just doesn't fit here at the Cherries. We need to go back to 4-4-2 with Pitman and Grabban up front, supported by Pugh on left wing and McQoid right wing It's the formation that won us games so why did Eddie change it? I hate Thomas! He can't hit a barn door playing for us. Maybe we don't give him as good a supply as he got at Pompey or Blackpool?? Either way he hasn't showed any hope of scoring. Let him go. We don;t want to lose another game by playing him.
Come on you Reds! We can bounce Hartlepool, surely! We need to come out all guns blazing and get 3 up by half time! Please don't persevere any longer with shot shy Thomas! It's no coincidence that we lost to Wigan and then Walsall with Thomas up front. Wake up and smell the coffee. His face just doesn't fit here at the Cherries. We need to go back to 4-4-2 with Pitman and Grabban up front, supported by Pugh on left wing and McQoid right wing It's the formation that won us games so why did Eddie change it? I hate Thomas! He can't hit a barn door playing for us. Maybe we don't give him as good a supply as he got at Pompey or Blackpool?? Either way he hasn't showed any hope of scoring. Let him go. We don;t want to lose another game by playing him. ducky24
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3:57pm Tue 22 Jan 13

smhinto says...

ducky24 wrote:
Come on you Reds! We can bounce Hartlepool, surely! We need to come out all guns blazing and get 3 up by half time! Please don't persevere any longer with shot shy Thomas! It's no coincidence that we lost to Wigan and then Walsall with Thomas up front. Wake up and smell the coffee. His face just doesn't fit here at the Cherries. We need to go back to 4-4-2 with Pitman and Grabban up front, supported by Pugh on left wing and McQoid right wing It's the formation that won us games so why did Eddie change it? I hate Thomas! He can't hit a barn door playing for us. Maybe we don't give him as good a supply as he got at Pompey or Blackpool?? Either way he hasn't showed any hope of scoring. Let him go. We don;t want to lose another game by playing him.
Clearly you have not had a look at the injuries for tonight have you ??

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Pugh, Thomas, Cook Arter are all likely to be missing. along with the fatique after a hectic fixture pile up.
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Hartlepool 2 AFCB O
[quote][p][bold]ducky24[/bold] wrote: Come on you Reds! We can bounce Hartlepool, surely! We need to come out all guns blazing and get 3 up by half time! Please don't persevere any longer with shot shy Thomas! It's no coincidence that we lost to Wigan and then Walsall with Thomas up front. Wake up and smell the coffee. His face just doesn't fit here at the Cherries. We need to go back to 4-4-2 with Pitman and Grabban up front, supported by Pugh on left wing and McQoid right wing It's the formation that won us games so why did Eddie change it? I hate Thomas! He can't hit a barn door playing for us. Maybe we don't give him as good a supply as he got at Pompey or Blackpool?? Either way he hasn't showed any hope of scoring. Let him go. We don;t want to lose another game by playing him.[/p][/quote]Clearly you have not had a look at the injuries for tonight have you ?? . Pugh, Thomas, Cook Arter are all likely to be missing. along with the fatique after a hectic fixture pile up. . Hartlepool 2 AFCB O smhinto
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10:05pm Tue 22 Jan 13

lofty1971 says...

Wrong again Shim-into!!
Wrong again Shim-into!! lofty1971
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4:50am Wed 23 Jan 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

smhinto wrote:
ducky24 wrote:
Come on you Reds! We can bounce Hartlepool, surely! We need to come out all guns blazing and get 3 up by half time! Please don't persevere any longer with shot shy Thomas! It's no coincidence that we lost to Wigan and then Walsall with Thomas up front. Wake up and smell the coffee. His face just doesn't fit here at the Cherries. We need to go back to 4-4-2 with Pitman and Grabban up front, supported by Pugh on left wing and McQoid right wing It's the formation that won us games so why did Eddie change it? I hate Thomas! He can't hit a barn door playing for us. Maybe we don't give him as good a supply as he got at Pompey or Blackpool?? Either way he hasn't showed any hope of scoring. Let him go. We don;t want to lose another game by playing him.
Clearly you have not had a look at the injuries for tonight have you ??

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Pugh, Thomas, Cook Arter are all likely to be missing. along with the fatique after a hectic fixture pile up.
.
Hartlepool 2 AFCB O
SURELY EVEN YOU CAN SEE. Clearly you are not as smart as you think Shminto. Pools 1- Afcb 2. Arter and Pugh played. Told you on another post that it would b a win. Keep posting your negative ill thought out assesments and they will keep proving you wrong. LOVE IT.!!!!!!!.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ducky24[/bold] wrote: Come on you Reds! We can bounce Hartlepool, surely! We need to come out all guns blazing and get 3 up by half time! Please don't persevere any longer with shot shy Thomas! It's no coincidence that we lost to Wigan and then Walsall with Thomas up front. Wake up and smell the coffee. His face just doesn't fit here at the Cherries. We need to go back to 4-4-2 with Pitman and Grabban up front, supported by Pugh on left wing and McQoid right wing It's the formation that won us games so why did Eddie change it? I hate Thomas! He can't hit a barn door playing for us. Maybe we don't give him as good a supply as he got at Pompey or Blackpool?? Either way he hasn't showed any hope of scoring. Let him go. We don;t want to lose another game by playing him.[/p][/quote]Clearly you have not had a look at the injuries for tonight have you ?? . Pugh, Thomas, Cook Arter are all likely to be missing. along with the fatique after a hectic fixture pile up. . Hartlepool 2 AFCB O[/p][/quote]SURELY EVEN YOU CAN SEE. Clearly you are not as smart as you think Shminto. Pools 1- Afcb 2. Arter and Pugh played. Told you on another post that it would b a win. Keep posting your negative ill thought out assesments and they will keep proving you wrong. LOVE IT.!!!!!!!. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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