Bournemouth missed the chance to go back to the top of the Championship with a goalless draw at Peterborough on Wednesday, but the club extended their unbeaten start to the campaign to 10 matches.
Scott Parker expressed his disappointment at his side’s start to the game at Peterborough, as they failed to find the net for just the second time this season in the league.
The Cherries sit second in the division, behind leaders West Brom on goal difference, in Scott Parker’s first season in charge having left Fulham following relegation with the Cottagers last season.
“Every Bournemouth fan likes what they’re seeing at the moment, that’s for sure.
“The new manager has got a good squad there, but you can’t argue with the start we’ve had.
“They’ve adapted to his style and everything that goes with that, so we’re really happy at the moment.
⬆️ “You look at West Brom and Fulham but we’re up there challenging with them…”
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“There’s a clear identity with the team, they play with high energy, good pressing and we’re ticking all the boxes at the moment.
“We know there will be twists and turns along the way but at this moment in time, it’s brilliant being a Bournemouth fan.”
Scott Parker brought his former England colleague Gary Cahill to the Vitality Stadium for the season last month and his impact has been instant on the Cherries’ back-line.
The pair played together during Parker’s Three Lions renaissance between 2011 and 2013 and Bournemouth welcome a player with nearly 400 Premier League appearances to his name, as well as 43 Championship outings during loan spells at Burnley and Sheffield United earlier in his career.
Cahill was one of a number of new arrivals this summer including Ryan Christie from Celtic, Jamal Lowe, who joined from Championship rivals Swansea City and Morgan Rogers on a season-long loan from Manchester City.
“We’ve strengthened well in the window,” says Tom.
“The likes of Ryan Christie coming in from Celtic, though we haven’t seen much from Jamal Lowe, Reece Davis, Morgan Rodgers yet.
“Gary Cahill is an absolute Rolls Royce in the Championship and if we nick a goal I feel like we can win games because he’s that good at the back.”
Bournemouth’s relegation on the final day of the 2020/21 season brought an end to five consecutive years in the top-flight for the South Coast club.
But Scott Parker’s arrival heralds a new era at the club who will be keen to bounce back to the big time having just missed-out on an immediate return in May.
And things have started well in the club’s bid for a top-flight return having won six and drawn four of their 10 Championship games to date.
“I expect us to be there or thereabouts,” claims Tom.
“You look at the likes of West Brom and Fulham, they’ve got strong squads as well but we’re up there challenging with them and it will take a lot for someone to bet against us this season.
“But we’re not even at Christmas yet and there’s a long way to go. We’re all really positive.
“We’ve got a couple of difficult games coming up but hopefully we can go into the international break unbeaten; one of the only three in the country.
“As a fan, you want a team you can be proud of on the pitch and a team you enjoy watching and we’ve got that at Bournemouth at the moment – I fancy us to get top-six minimum.”
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