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Cherries’ Unbeaten Status Adds Incentive For Hughesy

1 November 2021

First Team News

Cherries’ Unbeaten Status Adds Incentive For Hughesy

1 November 2021

Defender Andrew Hughes says the chance to be the first team to beat AFC Bournemouth this season gives PNE an extra incentive to go and get all three points.

Hughes and his team-mates head to the Vitality Stadium for a 7.45pm kick-off on Wednesday evening, facing the side who currently sit at the summit of the Championship table.

Having won there last term, beating the Cherries 3-2 in December, that gives the squad belief they can go and do the same again.

Hughesy said: “I’d like to think they’ll lose a game this season so why not this week? It would be great if we could do it.

“We’ve beat them there before so there’s no reason why we can’t go there again and do the same.

“They are going really well. They’ve got great players; we all know that. They’ve probably got one of the best budgets in the league so they can attract the big players in this league, so it’s no coincidence they’re doing well.

“He (Scott Parker) did really well at Fulham as well getting them promoted. I know they came back down, but it’s a tough league to stay in the Premier League.”

North End head to the south coast in search of their first victory away from home this season in the Championship.

Having picked up 15 points at home, compared to three on the road, there has been a clear difference in form, almost the opposite to what happened in the 2020/21 campaign.

Hughesy added: “I think last year the problem was we didn't get as many points at home, more away, so we can’t really put our finger on it.

“We try and win whether it’s home or away. I think this season we just seem to be picking up more points at home than we are away. Hopefully we can go there on Wednesday, put on a good performance and try and nick all three.”

There could be a familiar face lining up against PNE on the night, with midfielder Ben Pearson on the books of the Cherries, although he has made just five starts for them this season, highlighting their strength in depth.

He said: “When Pearo was here he was a massive part of this team and when he was fit he played, so it goes to show how good their squad is.

“But we’ve got a great squad here too. We need to try and build momentum off the back of the last game and hopefully move forward.”

Watch the full interview on iFollow PNE or at the top of this page.

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