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Cherries: Arter vows to stop 'beating himself up'
Published : 20 Apr 2011 07:00:00
IMPATIENT Harry Arter admits he has struggled to come to terms with his watching brief during a frustrating debut season at Dean Court. But the gifted midfielder is vowing to learn from his experience and insists he will be pulling out all the stops in a bid to help Cherries finish with a flourish. Arter, who penned a two-year deal when he arrived from Woking, has shown glimpses of his rich potential despite being restricted to 15 league appearances. His five starts for Cherries all came under Eddie Howe, while his first three outings for Lee Bradbury saw him come off the bench in the 88th, 89th and 90th minutes. However, Arter seized his chance with both hands at Notts County on Saturday, starring in Cherries' 2-0 win after replacing stricken Stephen Purches at half-time. Arter, who played five times during a loan spell with Carlisle last month, provided the assist for Danny Ings to cap the Meadow Lane triumph with a second goal. It felt like I had scored, said Arter. I was so pleased to have a hand in the goal because that is my type of game. It was great to have a positive influence on the team. It was the longest I had played since I came back from Carlisle. I'm just like a little kid and want to play all the time. I still play in the back garden with my little brother and nephew! Not playing really gets to me and I know I have got to try to deal with it a bit better. I know I need to apply myself in a professional manner and look to take my chance when it comes. I feel I am more than capable when I am on the pitch. But, when I am not in the team, I need to be mentally stronger and wait for my chance rather than get down and beat myself up. Arter, who also featured under Bradbury in a win against Swindon and draws with Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday, could be in contention for a start over Easter. The manager said he had been pleased with me during the friendly against the Glenn Hoddle Academy, added Arter. He said he wanted me to bring that form into the first team |and I felt I did against Notts County. I have been fairly pleased with my performances when I have started but I haven't had many back-to-back games and that has been frustrating. I had three on the bounce under Eddie in December but was then out for three weeks with a knee injury. I hadn't played much for us until Saturday so, hopefully, I can finish the season strongly and help us reach the play-offs. I know there is a lot more to come from me.