RYAN Christie believes Cherries have put out a "statement" to the rest of the Championship with their victory at Stoke City.

Michael O'Neill's Potters were previously unbeaten at bet365 Stadium this season, prior to Cherries making the trip to Staffordshire.

And they saw that record end, with Dominic Solanke's 51st-minute strike earning table-topping Cherries a 1-0 victory.

The result also set a new club record sixth away league clean sheet in succession for Scott Parker's side.

Discussing the performance, Christie, who notched his fifth assist for Cherries in just his eighth appearance, said: "I think first half we played really well, were just frustrated with the end product and just nicking a goal.

"So at half-time we really looked to concentrate on that. We knew if we kept a clean sheet we had a right good chance of coming away with three points.

"Coming to a place like this, getting three points and getting a clean sheet is really impressive, so everyone is buzzing.

"I think we were just desperate coming out in the second half to get a goal and then once we got the goal, obviously we knew they would come and open up a bit more and throw a few more bodies forward so it would be hard.

"But yet again the boys at the back standing up to that.

"That last 10 minutes seemed to take forever. I kept looking up at the clock and it kept saying 81 for some reason, it wasn’t moving!

"Incredible shift from everyone. We’ve kind of put out a statement here, which is nice, that we can come to places like this and get a result and dig in."

Christie has enjoyed a fine start to his Cherries career.

Since moving south of the border from Celtic, the 26-year-old remains unbeaten in red and black, with seven wins and a draw to his name so far.

Asked how pleased he is with how he has adapted to life in the Championship, Christie said: "I’ve loved every single moment. Since I’ve joined, everyone has been brilliant with me. The mentality of the whole team, in terms of everybody has got that winning mentality and wants to be at the top of the league and keep this unbeaten run for as long as we can.

"Coming from a team like Celtic with a similar mentality, it was an easy kind of switch. Especially the way we’re playing right now, free-flowing football, on the attack and really working hard off the ball.

"And with that the results are coming, so hopefully that continues."

There is only one thing missing so far for the Scotland international.

"I’m still waiting on that first goal, hoping it’s just around the corner," said Christie.

"As an attacking player it’s my job to come up with goals and assists so as long as I’m doing one or the other I’ll be happy.

"Buzzing for Dom getting on the scoresheet again, I thought he was top class."