Missing Fletch Was A Boost

Last updated : 14 August 2009 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Millwall striker, and hat trick hero from Tuesday evening, Neil Harris, revealed that with Steve Fletcher missing from the starting line up on Tuesday gave the home side an advantage before Tuesday evening Carling Cup encounter.

Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, Harris was quoted as saying: "He's had a terrific career and the service he has given Bournemouth has been phenomenal. I've played against him a lot and he is a very influential player. No disrespect to the other Bournemouth players, but when we saw his name wasn't on the team-sheet at seven o'clock, it gave everybody in our dressing room a lift. The game was probably just about over when he came on, but he made a difference. You don't see too many good targetmen around these days and he's got an immense physical presence. He epitomises what Bournemouth is all about. His spirit and desire to win games and be part of the team brings out the best in people around him. He's a good leader and a good player. He's not going to run the channels and start chasing down full-backs but you wouldn't ask that of a big centre-forward. He holds up the ball and brings other people into play. He is certainly going to be a big player for Bournemouth this season. If he can score nine or 10 goals and play 35 to 40 games then he will have done his job. He's a great player to have in the team and in the dressing room".