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Cherries: Bradbury boost helped Ings find the net
Published : 04 Apr 2011 07:00:00
DANNY Ings has revealed how a motivational pep talk from Cherries boss Lee Bradbury helped him back on the goalscoring trail. Ings admitted to being down in the dumps after squandering a series of late chances during Cherries' eventful 2-2 draw with Charlton nine days ago. However, despite his misfortune, the 18-year-old was restored to the starting line-up for Cherries' Sky Sports-televised clash at Peterborough on Friday. And the young striker repaid Bradbury's faith by poaching a crucial first-half goal as Cherries mounted a stirring comeback to claim a 3-3 draw at London Road. Ings netted his third goal of the season from close range before further efforts from Steve Fletcher and Adam Smith saw Cherries claw back a 3-1 half-time deficit. It was definitely a relief for me, said Ings. It was frustrating for me and the team against Charlton. It was disappointing to have so many chances in such a short space of time and to not score any of them. I was very down in the changing room after the game but the manager lifted me and told me not to dwell on it. He told me to move on and to start thinking about the next game. He said he was happy because I was getting in the right positions and that the goals would come. It was good to bounce back so quickly and to get the goal against Peterborough. As a striker, you will take any goal and it doesn't matter whether they are from two yards or 30. We fought well to get the result we deserved. Ings will be hoping to keep his place when Cherries visit Bristol Rovers tomorrow, although the teenager knows Bradbury's striking options have been boosted by the return of experienced frontman Steve Lovell. The manager is always going to play the strongest team in every game so I have got to be ready whether I am in it or not, said Ings. I don't mind playing up front on my own or alongside a big lad. I just want to play well, keep my place and, hopefully, go on a goalscoring run. Bradbury, who expects striker Michael Symes to sit out the trip to the Memorial Stadium, was full of praise for Ings following his exploits against Posh. I was really glad he got his goal, said Bradbury. He works very hard for the team and was a different player once he had scored. He was rolling his markers and getting shots off, things he hadn't done in the first 20 minutes. I spoke to him after the Charlton game and told him not to let it affect him. You are always disappointed when you miss chances but you have to move on to the next one. I told him not to turn down his next chance and to stay positive.