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Graham Turner Post Bournemouth

13 April 2013

GT reflects on an below par performance but admits the Cherries are a different class

By Matt Johnson

Graham Turner revealed his disappointment after he saw his team “outworked” by high-flying Bournemouth to condemn Town to a heaviest League defeat of the season.

League One player of the month for March Brett Pitman put the Cherries ahead from the spot after just five minutes and doubled the advantage with a wonder strike six  minutes after half-time. The returning Jermaine Grandison sliced into his own net ten minutes later to cap off the 3-0 defeat at the Greenhous Meadow.

“Bournemouth are a team in form with six consecutive wins before today and we’re a side near the bottom of the table for a reason, that was evident today,” said Turner. “What was annoying was that they outworked us.

“They’ve got some very good players, they are well organised and the only way we could’ve really got a result today was outworking them but we didn’t do that, we came off second best.
“Today we were poor and second best in every department, but we didn’t help ourselves with the penalty and the goal immediately after half-time.”

Town’s total of two shots on target tells its own story with chances hard to come by against a side who have now conceded only two goals in their last seven games and Turner admitted his side were poor.

“We’ve come up against a very well organised side and a side with a lot of experience at the back, and that was a factor. We were poor, there’s no doubt about that. We never got a springboard to go from and our passing wasn’t good.

“It’s no good getting too down after today’s defeat, we hold our hands up and say we’ve been beaten by a better side.”

Results elsewhere were mixed, but Turner insists than one win from the last three games will be enough to push Town over the finish line to prolong a stay in League One.

“We’re six points ahead of them [Scunthorpe] with a better goal difference, we’ve got three big games now and three games that we are capable of taking something from. I’ve no doubts in my mind that we can do that.”

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