CHERRIES boss Andoni Iraola described Marcus Tavernier’s opener in the 3-1 win against Sheffield United as “key”.

Tavernier was at the double up in his home county of Yorkshire, his 12th minute strike setting Cherries on their way to a comfortable victory at Bramall Lane.

Justin Kluivert doubled the lead on the stroke of half time, before Tavernier made sure of the result early into the second period.

Throughout the game the home crowd became frustrated at the ease Cherries tore through the Blades, with the away side constantly probing the hosts’ defence.

Asked if he was surprised how easy it was for Cherries to win at Sheffield United, Iraola replied: “I think it was key, the first goal.

“I think when you score first, everything looks better for one side and worse for the other.

“I think it gave us the chance to exploit spaces, especially at the back.

“There kind of games away, where the opposition has the support of a lot of people, putting you under pressure, it's important to start strong, to start on the front foot, to go to have the first chances.

“This start of the game for us was really important I think.”