Need To Build From Last Season - Elphick

Last updated : 07 June 2014 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator

Having established themselves as a top-10 side, the Cherries highest ever League placing, coupled with a record points haul for the second tier, everyone at Dean Court is aware that there's no room for complaceny as the Club looks forward to the new campaign.

Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, skipper Tommy Elphick is quoted as saying: "Last season it was new to us all and there was a lot of change in the first few weeks. Rocky was in goal but got suspended, then got injured and we had to shuffle things round quite a bit. We flirted with a back three and while that was a great tool for us to use, once we got settled with a four we found our rhythm and got on a bit of a roll. It gave us the platform for everybody to defend from front to back. Even when we weren’t keeping clean sheets, we put in the work on the training ground and it paid off in the end. There is no better feeling than going to places like Barnsley, keeping them out and nicking a late goal and we need to do more of that next season if we are to be successful. With the way we play, we have to defend from the front. The manager wants us to press high, be expansive and play with energy which is a great tactic. When it comes off I think people can see how well it suits us. Last season, there were some big wake-up calls for us but we learned from them. Yes, we were a little bit shaken up by early results but the reason we became so successful was because we never doubted ourselves and always stuck to the game plan. We finished last season really well and if we want to move on from that, we have to keep in mind everything we took from our experiences, both good and bad".