SCOTT Parker praised his battling Cherries for the way they "stood up" to Sheffield United's late threat during this afternoon's contest at Vitality Stadium.

After falling behind to a a Morgan Gibbs-White strike, Cherries hit back with quick-fire goals from Dominic Solanke and Philip Billing to earn a 2-1 victory.

Sheffield United almost grabbed a share of the spoils deep into stoppage time, former Cherries striker Lys Mousset heading against the woodwork.

The win lifts Cherries back to the top of the table, three points clear of West Brom, and now the only team unbeaten in the EFL.

"That’s big, it’s massive for us," said boss Parker.

"Top of the table, undefeated. As quickly as I say that, we realise there’s still a lot of football to play.

"We’ve seen over this weekend, the results and how they can happen in this division.

"I’m sure there’s going to be many more twists and turns. Sometimes we’re going to get jabbed on the nose, but it’s pleasing to be where we are."

Discussing the game against the Blades, Parker told the Daily Echo: "A real battle. I thought the conditions were horrendous today. I think we all recognise that.

"The rain, the wind, and I thought that had a bit of an overall effect on the quality of the game. In saying that, I thought both teams adjusted well to that.

"First half was a bit of a stalemate. We have some half chances, we have some decent chances as well.

"At the end of the game, as always, any Championship game, when there’s only one goal in it, we’re going to experience what we’ve seen today, because at that moment the top line is full of six or seven players.

"They’re going back to front, which you’d expect them to, and now we need to defend. We need to grind it out.

"Of course at times a bit of luck but I thought Gary Cahill, Chris Mepham coming on, players really at that point stood up and we managed to see out the game which was pleasing."