HEAD coach Jonathan Woodgate revealed he had been keen to solidify Cherries’ defensive makeup by reverting to a back four against Watford.

The Dorset club had kept three consecutive clean sheets against the likes of Nottingham Forest, Burnley and Rotherham – before switching to a back three for defeats to QPR and Cardiff.

But having gone back to a four-man defence against the Hornets, Cherries returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over their fellow promotion chasers.

Adam Smith and Lloyd Kelly operated as full-backs for the hosts, with skipper Steve Cook and Cameron Carter-Vickers the centre-half pairing.

Asked why he decided to change to a back four against Watford on Saturday, Woodgate told the Daily Echo: “The past two games we were good and we played good football but we conceded goals.

“If you don’t concede goals, you don’t lose games.

“We’ve always got a chance with players we’ve got. Dominic Solanke, (Arnaut) Danjuma, Junior Stanislas – they’ve won you football games.”

Victory put the Dorset club back into the play-off places in the Championship.