BOSS Jason Tindall expressed his delight after getting off to a winning Championship start with Cherries and added: “We will get better moving forward.”

Goals from Jack Stacey, Jefferson Lerma and Arnaut Danjuma earned the Dorset club a 3-2 victory over Blackburn – in Tindall’s first competitive game in charge since taking over from Eddie Howe.

Giving his verdict on the victory, Tindall said: “Ultimately football’s about winning games, so I’m absolutely delighted we did that and got off to a good start, got our first three points of the season, which was probably the most important thing.

“We backed up scoring five goals against West Ham last weekend with another three goals today – three quality goals, so absolutely delighted with that.

“Disappointed to concede two goals but there were a lot of positives to take from the game and we will get better moving forward, for sure.

“At the start of every season you want to win your first game. That becomes the most important thing and it was important we did that.

“I’m absolutely delighted we won the game and hopefully we can back that up with another good performance on Tuesday (against Crystal Palace) and another good performance against Middlesbrough at the weekend.”

The boss also heaped praise on defensive duo Chris Mepham and Steve Cook, who battled through fitness issues to help Cherries to victory.

“You could see Chris Mepham, that was only his second game since January,” he added.

“He’s only trained three times since his (knee) injury and played 60 minutes against West Ham.

“Steve Cook’s not trained for the last two weeks so we were a little bit short in that area.

“The guys went out there and were probably only 60 or 70 per cent fit and delivered a great performance for us.

“We certainly do need a little bit more strength within the squad.”