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With the new 2016/17 season fast approaching Tales From the South End had the extreme pleasure of talking to AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook.
He reveals his most memorable games from last season, poor coverage on MOTD, staying in the league, the new players and how stopping Man United will be a team effort.
Q1. Our debut season in the Premier League was a memorable campaign. Which game sticks in the memory for you?
The most memorable part of last season for me was the back to back wins against Man United and Chelsea. Obviously because of the size of the teams but also because the run that we had previously been on. That was the real boost the the club and fans needed.
Q2. How was it watching yourself on Match of the Day and being analysed by Ian Wright, Gary Lineker and co?
To be honest I stopped watching a lot of it. For one we didn’t seem to get a lot of coverage on it and sometimes you want to take yourself away from the game. We have a lot of in depth analysis at the club so I usually just wait for that. The managers view is the most important.
Q3. Last season you said we would surprise a lot of people and we did. How pleasing was that and what are your hopes for the 2016/17 season?
It was very pleasing. We knew what we were capable of. It took a while to adapt but we got there and we were comfortable in the end. We will push on from that this year and hopefully get more wins and finish higher up the league.
Q4. There is a lot of money in the Premier League. How difficult do you think it is for AFC Bournemouth to compete with the big spenders?
I don’t think a lot changes for us. We will always be the underdogs against the majority of the teams. So the money they spend just adds more pressure on them. Not us.
Q5. Eddie has signed some exciting new talent. Who has impressed you in training?
They have all looked good and have fitted in really well. We have a good changing room so it’s pretty easy to slot into. Obviously the lads that we have signed are young and hungry. Perfect for what we are all about. I’m sure the fans will see a lot of talent and fearlessness come out during the season.
Q6. Man United at home is a tough start to the new season. How do you intend to stop Ibrahimović from scoring and will we see a repeat of last season?
It’s a great start to the season. A huge test for us all but one that we are very much looking forward to. We intend to stop them scoring not just one player. Their team is full of stars so to focus on one would be dangerous. But the manager will have a game plan and it’ll be up to us to put it to practise.
A BIG THANKS TO STEVE COOK.