STEVE Cook revealed how he had told fellow centre-back Chris Mepham he believed he would break his Cherries scoring duck at the weekend.

Mepham on Saturday found the net for the first time since arriving in Dorset in January, hammering in from close-range in Cherries’ 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.

And Cook was thrilled to see his team-mate get off the mark.

He told the Daily Echo: “I’m delighted for him (Mepham).

“I actually said to him that he would score. I felt like he could pop up and obviously right place at the right time, smashed it in and he could’ve maybe had one in the first half as well.

“He’s a bright young player, a great lad who is going to have a good future for the club and scoring will give him a lot more confidence as well.”

Cook added: “On Saturday we weren’t brilliant as a team going forward and Meps has come up with a goal.

“That’s what you want, you want to have goals from all over the pitch.

“We’ve got height. We’ve got good players that attack the ball on set plays.

“We (the defenders) should probably score more. Nathan (Ake) always sniffs out a goal and I’d like to add more to my game as well.”