Cherries: Bradbury says players can 'write the future'

18 May 2011 07:00
Cherries manager Lee Bradbury has challenged his players to carve their names in the Dean Court record books.

Bradbury is hoping Cherries can heap more play-off misery on Huddersfield as they look to take another step towards clinching back-to-back promotions for the first time in the club's history.

Cherries head to the Galpharm Stadium with their League One semi-final delicately poised at 1-1 following Saturday's pulsating first leg at Dean Court.

And while the Terriers will start as hot favourites to progress to an Old Trafford final against either MK Dons or Peterborough, the omens are not good for the west Yorkshire outfit.

Huddersfield, promoted twice via the play-offs, have failed to win a home semi-final in six previous attempts and were eliminated at the same stage last season by eventual winners Millwall.

Bradbury, speaking yesterday before the squad flew north, said: It is all about what happens on the day. You can't do anything about the past but our players have got the chance to write the future. As long as we look forward, be positive and believe and trust in each other then we will have a great chance.

We are one game from a potential 70,000 crowd at Old Trafford, which would give the lads a chance to reach the Championship. It has been a great achievement to get this far and we don't want to throw it away now. We are excited about the game and are going into it with a lot of confidence.

Bradbury says Cherries will take heart from their performance in the first leg and has hinted at a possible change in formation. Huddersfield, boasting a 26-match unbeaten run, are likely to be a much tougher proposition on their own patch.

The lads performed excellently on Saturday and will have given them some food for thought, said Bradbury. Huddersfield will probably go for it at home so we will have to be mindful of that and act accordingly. It has got all the makings of being a great game.

I thought we were the better side, both in terms of possession and composure. The lads didn't shrink, they rose to the challenge. We had them on the back foot for long periods and, if we can repeat the performance, then we won't be far away.

Huddersfield are a dangerous team going forward and have got the quality to be able to change a game. We will approach it with caution because they are a good side at home. I feel we have got enough quality to give them a good game and whoever handles the pressure best on the night will probably come out victorious.

Fit-again utility man Mathieu Baudry could have a chance of making the bench, although Bradbury said striker Michael Symes was still struggling to shake off the effects of a groin injury.

Source: Bournemouth_Echo