Scott Parker has stressed the importance of getting a result in AFC Bournemouth’s Championship clash with bottom side Barnsley at the weekend.
Speaking in his press conference earlier today, Parker stressed that the Cherries need to “behave and act in the right way” to get results.
Getting back on the horse as such, is gonna be key for us.
“This is a tough game, going to a team that have struggled
“How we regain that form of getting back on the horse as such, is gonna be key for us.
“We need to go and put a run together that we’ve proven over the course of this season we can do and push on from there.”
Parker expects further transfer activity
Parker also stressed the importance of signing players in attacking areas, as the Cherries have been dormant in the transfer window since the signing of young Fleetwood prospect centre back James Hill.
“Attacking areas is probably where we need some help now.
“I feel we’ve been heavily dependent on certain players in our squad and in our team and I think that’s evident.
“We’re doing all we can to get bodies in”
Amongst the players linked to the South Coast club this month have been relegation threatened Derby County’s Tom Lawrence, with the East Midland outfit in need of funds to aid their ongoing financial turmoil.
Parker kept his cards close to his chest when questioned on this however, as he wished not to discuss another club’s player.
“I wouldn’t want to comment on anyone’s players, or any individual players.”
Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray also confirmed in an earlier press conference that midfielder Joe Rothwell, a key player in Blackburn’s promotion charge this season, will not be going to Bournemouth.
Following Blackburn Rovers’ win over playoff hopefuls Middlesbrough on Monday night, the Cherries slipped out of the automatic promotion places.
No new injury concerns for The Cherries
Parker has no fresh injury concerns aside from Chris Mepham, who he admitted will struggle to make the weekend’s game, and Jamal Lowe, who is currently isolating after contracting coronavirus.
Jordan Zemura will be available for selection this weekend, after he missed out last week having just returned from the Africa Cup of Nations with Zimbabwe.
“[Zemura] has looked good in training [after he] came back last week.
“[He was] too late back to make the [Hull City game] but will be available for the squad at the weekend.
Leif Davis was also heavily praised by his manager, after his recent performances in red and black.
“Those were his best back to back performances in a Bournemouth shirt.
“It was a difficult start for Leif coming in, he had some set backs, couple of little injuries, couple of little illnesses and he struggled a bit with dynamic and the first full season of being in and around the Championship.
“But in the last four to five weeks, I’ve seen someone moving in the right direction, I’ve been pleased with him.”
Another player that Parker praised was striker Dominic Solanke, who is just 1 goal away from hitting 20 goals for the season.
“I think Dominic Solanke has been magnificent for us this season.
“He’s a number nine that leads the line and works tirelessly for the team.
“Well deserved of [the goals].”
AFC Bournemouth kick off against Barnsley at Oakwell Stadium at 15:00pm.