Cherries: Hollands predicting tough Christie Park test

11 December 2009 07:00
Cherries captain Danny Hollands admits his team must be prepared for an early battle before they can let their football do the talking at in-form Morecambe.

Eddie Howe's men face the tough prospect of a trip to Lancashire tomorrow, with the hosts high on confidence.

The Shrimps have forced their way into the League Two play-off mix with an impressive run of six consecutive victories.

Faced with the challenge of halting that excellent sequence, Cherries skipper Hollands was quick to emphasise the need for his side to make an early impression at Christie Park, where Morecambe have lost just one league game this term.

We got a great result there last season, but for the first 20 minutes we were under the cosh, so we know it's a hard place to go, he told the Echo, pointing to Cherries' thumping 4-0 win at the venue on the final day of last season.

In this league it is all about confidence. They are in a great run of form and you end up taking it on and growing in confidence, just the same as us at the start of the season, and we built on it.

It's going to be a really hard test first thing and we've got to go there and match them.

We've got to make sure we compete first thing, then hopefully let our quality shine through. We've got the likes of Liam Feeney and Brett Pitman and let them work their magic.

You can't go away and expect people to let you get the ball down and play. You've got to win your headers and tackles, then get the ball down and play your football.

Hollands, 24, has netted three goals in 18 appearances this season after being handed the captaincy by Cherries boss Howe.

The influential midfielder is delighted by how the campaign has gone so far, with Cherries fighting for honours at the business end of the division.

It's been a great year for the whole squad, added Hollands.

People are looking at some of the players in our squad and that proves the whole squad and management are really achieving.

Teams want to knock us further down the pecking order and we've got to strive to get back on top because that's where we want to be.

Source: Bournemouth_Echo