Cherries: Arter reflects on 'wake-up call'

HARRY Arter is urging Cherries to use their Preston pain as a “wake-up call” and admits: “We can’t let it happen again.”

Arter gave a frank assessment of Cherries’ performance and his own display following the 2-0 defeat at Deepdale on Saturday.

Cherries suffered only their second league defeat since Eddie Howe’s return after first-half goals from Preston duo Stuart Beavon and Bailey Wright.

Arter, 23, was substituted in the 53rd minute as Cherries tried in vain to claw themselves back into the clash following a slow start.

Despite the rare off day, Cherries remained top of the League One standings by a point, with rivals Doncaster set to face Crawley tonight.

Arter is warning that Cherries must ensure they bounce back immediately as the race for promotion gathers pace in the weeks ahead.

The Londoner told the Daily Echo: “We have got to try to treat it as a wake-up call.

“The feeling we had in the changing room was not a feeling we want any more. We remember at the start of the season how we felt after consecutive losses. That is one thing, as a group, we never want to get back to.

“As much as we were very poor, Preston played really well and you need to give them credit where it is due.

“It sounds bad to say but they out-fought us and out-ran us and that was it. It looked like they wanted it more and we can’t let that happen again.”

Arter added: “Personally, I felt it was my worst performance under the gaffer. As a team, I would say it was probably our worst performance as well.

“It is a disappointing time but we can’t get away from how well we have done and the position we were in four or five months ago compared with where we are now.

“We need to make sure we bounce back the same way we did after we were defeated by Walsall.

“In football, you are always going to lose the odd game and the sign of a good team is not letting that turn into two or three losses on the bounce.”

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7:38am Mon 18 Feb 13

Frankiesbackfromhollywood says...

Let's see your feet do the talking on Saturday Harry, we don't want to go back to the days when we would see the players saying one thing in the press and then delivering quite another on the pitch! Work hard this week and we will support you, all we ever ask is that you give 100%, something that didn't happen on Saturday!! its behind you so forget it and put all your efforts into gaining the 3 points against Sheff Utd!!
Let's see your feet do the talking on Saturday Harry, we don't want to go back to the days when we would see the players saying one thing in the press and then delivering quite another on the pitch! Work hard this week and we will support you, all we ever ask is that you give 100%, something that didn't happen on Saturday!! its behind you so forget it and put all your efforts into gaining the 3 points against Sheff Utd!! Frankiesbackfromhollywood

9:27am Mon 18 Feb 13

Afcbpete says...

The one thing that was becoming so impressive with our play, was our fast, powerful play, neat interaction and running off the ball. THAT is the sort of play which turned games around for us, THAT is the sort of play we needed to display over longer periods of games to take them by the scruff of the neck, and THAT seems to be the part of our game that has fallen away, Franchise excluded by all accounts. We've seen this in the past and a loss similar to Saturday can prove to be a GOOD thing... Bring on Sheff Utd... UTCIAD
The one thing that was becoming so impressive with our play, was our fast, powerful play, neat interaction and running off the ball. THAT is the sort of play which turned games around for us, THAT is the sort of play we needed to display over longer periods of games to take them by the scruff of the neck, and THAT seems to be the part of our game that has fallen away, Franchise excluded by all accounts. We've seen this in the past and a loss similar to Saturday can prove to be a GOOD thing... Bring on Sheff Utd... UTCIAD Afcbpete

10:07am Mon 18 Feb 13

AFCBade says...

We played Preston one game too late. Give the players some rest and prepare well for the blades Saturday. I am worried by the lack of Daniels and elphick though.
We played Preston one game too late. Give the players some rest and prepare well for the blades Saturday. I am worried by the lack of Daniels and elphick though. AFCBade

3:17pm Mon 18 Feb 13

ducky24 says...

We have to accept that we can't win every game. Man U lose games too! Tranmere have hit the rocks in the past 3 games. Yeovil are the team to look out for now. Lets hope we can both go up automatically! Then Swindon can win the Play Off Final, to get three Southern clubs up the next tier.

We really, really miss having Daniels linking up with Pugh. Could cost us going up.
We have to accept that we can't win every game. Man U lose games too! Tranmere have hit the rocks in the past 3 games. Yeovil are the team to look out for now. Lets hope we can both go up automatically! Then Swindon can win the Play Off Final, to get three Southern clubs up the next tier. We really, really miss having Daniels linking up with Pugh. Could cost us going up. ducky24

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