CHERRIES' David Brooks is excited by the start of the Championship season but heaped expectation on his own side, insisting: "We should be going up, the style of play and the quality of players that we’ve got."

Head coach Scott Parker got off to a perfect start in his first competitive game in charge with a 5-0 romping over League One MK Dons, in which Brooks scored twice himself, to secure a safe passage in the Carabao Cup.

The high-press and intensity that Parker has looked to instil in his side over the pre-season period paid off with three of the goals coming directly from snatching the ball back on the front foot and turning the opposition around.

However, Cherries will face a much tougher test in recently-relegated outfit West Brom, managed by former Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael - who led the Tykes to a fifth-placed Championship finish last season, by far the biggest surprise package of the year.

But Brooks is confident the step up in quality won't nullify the tactics, telling the Daily Echo: "To be honest I think if we press against anyone we will win the ball back, with the right intensity.

"We saw it against Chelsea (in pre-season) who won the Champions League, granted they didn’t have some of their players but it was a team that could easily play in the Premier League, so that goes to show that the style we want to play is at a high level and if we do it right we can get results.

"I think they (West Brom) are a very good team but if you look at our results last year against teams that went up we mainly won our games, we just have to concentrate all season was what killed us, not the level we were playing at.

"The glimpses of last year and glimpses of what we’ve shown in pre-season we should be going up, the style of play and the quality of players that we’ve got. We will be looking forward to it and hoping to get three points to start the campaign.

"Obviously, whenever you pick points up they’re vitally important, no matter who you’re playing against the three points are as important. You want to get the win no matter if it’s against West Brom or Nottingham Forest or whoever is at the top or at the bottom, we just need to get the three points."

The fixture will also be the third successive game to be played at Vitality Stadium in a row, including the Chelsea friendly and MK Dons cup tie, having given fans a healthy serving of what could be to come under Parker.

The Friday night tie under the lights will no doubt draw an excited crowd, something Brooks insists the squad feed off: "Yeah, I said all last year you kind of get a friendly vibe (without them), it’s not the type of environment you want to play in.

"The fans back is fantastic, they make it feel like there is something on the line again a bit more, get you a bit more fired up which all the players want and gets you motivated to try and get the three points."