Cherries: Connell backs old mates to complete the job

18 May 2011 07:00
FORMER Dean Court star Alan Connell believes Huddersfield face a huge task to halt the momentum generated by Cherries' odds-defying rise.[LNB] Connell, whose goal at Burton Albion sparked last season's promotion party, is willing his old team-mates to complete a rare back-to-back triumph.[LNB] The Grimsby Town striker was in attendance for the first leg against the Terriers and will be keeping a close eye on proceedings at the Galpharm Stadium tonight (7.45pm) as Cherries bid to reach Old Trafford.[LNB] Speaking ahead of the 1-1 draw at Dean Court, Connell told the Echo: From talking to the boys, they have said there hasn't been much of a difference between League Two and League One and I think they have taken it in their stride really well.[LNB] Confidence is a massive part of football and there is nothing to give you more of a confidence boost than promotion.[LNB] The club, both off the field and on the field, has thrived in the past two years. It has been like a snowball effect that gathered pace and it is going to be hard to stop. Huddersfield are going to have a massive job to stop that.[LNB] He added: Bournemouth is a great club and I have made a lot of friends here over the years. That won't change just because I am at a different club.[LNB] When you look at the size of the clubs that finished below Bournemouth this season, I think it is a massive achievement to finish in the top six.[LNB] Connell, who has enjoyed two spells at Dean Court, was hoping to extend his stay with Cherries last summer but was not retained and joined Grimsby.[LNB] The 28-year-old went on to score an impressive 25 goals in the Blue Square Premier.[LNB] Connell says he has no regrets. He added: Every game I played for Bournemouth, I gave absolutely everything. It finished a bit prematurely but that was Eddie's (Howe, then-manager) decision. I just tried to get on with it and do well for myself.[LNB]

Source: Bournemouth_Echo