The Cherries message is being spread far and wide, reaching across the channel and beyond. The South End was recently asked to answer a few questions for Czech Forest fan site Czech Forest.
If you are fluent is Czech Forest’s native tongue then take a visit to the site to read our match preview. For those of you who cant read Czech here’s the Q&A in English.
1. The Cherries got promoted to Championship last May. How are you enjoying life at this
level? Are you satisfied with this season so far?
The excitement of getting to the Championship has defintely been matched by watching
games in the Championship. The step up a league has brought a new and unexpected intensity
to matches. I haven’t been this excited about going to games for a long time. Plus, the season
so far has proved that we can compete with most teams at this level. It obvious the team has a
lot to learn, but most have stepped up and shown they deserve to be in the Championship.
2. Last time out you literally demolished Millwall – was it was the best match of the season
The Cherries have been conceding goals early on and poor defending once again gave the
opposition an early lead. The comeback was sensational and it rarely gets more exciting than
this. However, for me the Wigan game had a bit more edge. We were playing the FA Cup
holders and one of the favourites for promotion and we edged them out with a well-executed
3. What would be your ideal starting XI for AFCB?
The ideal line-up would start with Allsop in goal. The back four would be Simon Francis,
Tommy Elphick, Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels.
In midfield it would have to be Ryan Fraser, Eunan O‘Kane, Shaun MacDonald, Matt Ritchie.
If including loan players, then O’Kane would be replaced by Jack Collison
And, finally up front it would have to be Lewis Grabban and Tokelo Rantie
4. Players to watch – and why?
Lewis Grabban, he seems to have adapted well to life in the Championship. He is quick, can
be direct and he knows where the goal is.
Ryan Fraser, he is a pocket rocket with an eye for goal. Dont be fooled by his height. He is
quick and skilful and draws fouls which lead to bookings and free-kicks.
5. How do you rate Elliott Ward, former Forest defender?
Elliot Ward has slotted seamlessly into the team. He is a big, solid unit and has demonstrated
his Premiership experience on many an occassion.
6. And what about your manager? Is Eddie Howe the right man for the job?
Without a doubt. The man has Bournemouth running through this veins and the clubs fortunes
have only got better and better with him in charge.
7. What is the target for your club for this season?
Before the season started most fans would have been happy with a respectable mid-table
finish and most still are. However, we would like a play-off place, and if things go well, it
could happen. How it goes from there, who knows.
8. We were really impressed by your pre-season friendly match vs. Real Madrid. How did this
Not really sure how this happened. The rumour was that the chairman knew somebody who
knew somebody who simply asked Real Madrid if they wanted a game. I dont think it was
a cheap affair, costing a lot of money to get them to the ground. Ronaldo was superb and
demonstrated exactly why he is one of the best players in the world.
9. Have you got some fan base abroad?
I dont think that AFC Bournemouth has a big following abroad, but I do know a few fans who
live in Prague and New Hampshire, USA.
10. What do you think about Nottingham Forest?
Nottingham Forest are a team steeped in history and have won some of the most cherised
prizes in the game. The Clough team of 1979/1980 being the most memorable. There are
also a few connections between the clubs. Sean O’Driscoll being a recent one, but I also
remember David McGoldrick playing for the Cherries.
11. How many supporters of The Cherries could travel to Nottingham on Saturday 19/10?
Difficult to say, but its only a 3-4 hour journey, so I reckon around 600-700
12. What do you expect of the match at City Ground?
Notts Forest are one of the big teams in the league. They have a good manager, are in form
and have a great striker in Lansbury. I expect an exceptionally tough game and will be pleased
if we get a point out of the game.