CHARLIE Daniels is determined not to let Cherries’ defeat by Sunderland detract from what he believes has been a solid start to their Premier League campaign.

Saturday’s setback against the division’s bottom side represented a second successive loss for Eddie Howe’s team. But with the forthcoming international break offering a chance to take stock, the left-back insists Cherries should not allow one poor week to overshadow their ongoing progress.

Daniels told the Daily Echo: “The season’s gone well. We could do better, but we could have done worse.

“If we’d won the last two games it would have taken us to new heights. But we always stay grounded, we work hard every single day. We’re always looking to better ourselves, and hopefully come the end of the season we’ll finish in a better position than we did last year.”

Sunderland had not won any of their opening 10 matches prior to their visit to Vitality Stadium. But Daniels says Cherries were prepared for the positive manner in which David Moyes’s side would approach their task in Dorset.

“We didn’t expect anything less,” added the 30-year-old. “They were in a no-lose situation. They’re down at the bottom fighting for their lives. We knew they would come out fighting and try to disrupt our flow. All credit to them, they did that today.”