Pick Of The Cherries - Jan 24th, 2004
Sean O’Driscoll admits Carl Fletcher’s return is “touch and go”, a fitness test will be left as late as possible.
Karl Broadhurst returns after serving his one match ban. Neil Moss is confident the Cherries can revive their bid for a play off place.
Derek Holmes and Matt Robinson scored in the Reserves’ 2-2 draw at Yeovil Town, in what is described as a competitive game. Triallist Robinson is said to have impressed.
Peter Phillips expresses his delight with the news that the average League attendance is now 6482 (compared to 5496 last term), a 24.5% increase.
The visit of QPR on 24 January looks to be the third sell out this season.
The Cherries are limited to 700 tickets for next month’s trip to Withdean, home of Brighton & Hove Albion.
Sean O’Driscoll described his attendance at seminars with Sven Goran Eriksson, Sir Bobby Robson and Graham Taylor as “very beneficial”.
Steve Purches misses the trip to Oakwell with an ankle injury, but it is hoped Maher (calf), Cummings (illness) and O’Connor (foot) will travel. The latter is said to be keen to add to his goal tally after scoring against Port Vale.
Peter Grant reveals that he has signed non-contract forms at Dean Court. Indeed had Matt Robinson not travelled on Saturday, he would have been given a bench place. Despite picking up a heavy knock on his ankle, Steve Cooke is optimistic that he will be available for the visit of Queens Park Rangers.
Peter Grant has moved to west Ham United to join Alan Pardew. “It was a total surprise,” admits Steve Fletcher. Peter Phillips hopes that links with the London club can be resurrected. Apparently Grant was allowed to move for no fee.
The Echo is already putting forwards names… Joe Roach, Steve Cotterill, Mark O’Connor, John Williams, Russell Beardsmore and Mark Morris are named.
Rumours linking Warren Feeney with a move to Stoke City are denied by the club.
Peter Phillips stands by his decision not to seek compensation for peter Grant. West Ham United have agreed to come to dean Court and play a friendly however.