Cherries: Ings spurred on by club's doubters

18 April 2011 07:00
Cherries star Danny Ings delivered one in the eye to his band of doubters and then revealed their criticism had spurred him on.

The teenage striker came up trumps after being restored to the starting line-up for Cherries' crucial League One clash at Notts County on Saturday.

Ings netted with a finely-taken 77th-minute goal as Lee Bradbury's promotion-chasers regained a place in the top six with a 2-0 win at Meadow Lane.

His effort added to an Anton Robinson header as Cherries halted an alarming seven-match winless run, the club's longest in the same season since 2006-07.

Ings looked set to endure more frustration after Magpies goalkeeper Stuart Nelson had saved presentable opportunities either side of the interval.

But the 18-year-old, who has taken more than his fair share of stick for missing chances during Cherries' blip, was rewarded for sticking to his task.

His fifth goal of the season and third in the past four games helped Cherries revive their play-off push with rivals Rochdale failing to dislodge them after going down at home to Brentford.

Ings told the Daily Echo: Although we had been on a bad run, we started the game with a lot of confidence, stuck together and pulled through to get a positive result. Personally, I had tried not to let the run affect me but, as a striker, I knew I had played a big part in it.

It was a great feeling to score. I have had a lot of criticism so it was good to get on the scoresheet.

There has been a lot of pressure on me but I think I have taken it in my stride. The fact I got a lot of criticism has really pushed me to try to be successful. It is not as if I am trying to prove people wrong, I just want to show them I can score goals.

Ings immediately made a bee-line for the away dugout to celebrate with Cherries boss Lee Bradbury who has also come under fire from supporters during the recent sticky spell.

Asked whether criticism of both himself and Bradbury had been justified, Ings replied: Our supporters are very passionate. You win games and they are all on your side and, when things don't go your way, they get on your back and try to force things out of you.

They were chanting my name at Notts County and that was brilliant for me. I would prefer it that way. I know I haven't scored enough goals this season. I've got three in four now and want to build on that. Hopefully, we can push on.

Source: Bournemouth_Echo