BOSS Scott Parker was delighted to see Mark Travers thrive in Cherries’ 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers and added: “He’s come a long way in a short space of time.”

Despite being beaten by a deflected Sam McCallum strike in the second half at Vitality Stadium, Travers made some key saves to deny headed efforts from the likes of Rob Dickie and Jordy de Wijs.

The Republic of Ireland international has, at present, fought of competition from the likes of Orjan Nyland and Will Dennis for a starting spot at Vitality Stadium.

And Parker was pleased to see his stopper help earn his team three crucial points.

“He stood up tonight for us, Travers. He’s come a long way in a short space of time,” said the Cherries head coach.

“He’s a boy that is working relentlessly.

“He’s kept us in the game tonight and was big for us.”

Speaking about his own display, Travers added: “We knew the pressure was going to come at some stage and in their recent results we saw they have come back in the past two games.

“We knew it was going to be difficult, I was just happy I could contribute to the win, make a few saves and it’s good to be out playing and enjoying it.”