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Cherries: Bradbury wants a return to winning ways
Published : 18 Mar 2011 07:00:00
BOSS Lee Bradbury has tasked his players with putting together another unbeaten run as Cherries begin the countdown to an enthralling league finale. Back-to-back defeats by Exeter and Southampton have seen Cherries slip off the pace as the race for promotion to the Championship reaches its climax. And with just 10 games remaining, Bradbury will be looking to get back on track when Cherries visit League One rivals Carlisle United tomorrow (3pm). Bradbury, who started his reign with a club record 10-match unbeaten sequence, said: The top seven have managed to pull away and there are some amazing runs in there. Huddersfield are unbeaten in 16, which is their best run for about 84 years, and Orient are also flying. Peterborough are winning games convincingly and Brighton and Southampton are also going well. We have also been on a great run. We have had a two-match blip and that will happen to them as well. We just need to make sure we get back to winning ways. Bradbury looked understandably surprised when one reporter suggested Cherries were in crisis following defeat by Southampton six days ago. I think some people can get a bit carried away thinking we should be top or second, said Bradbury, speaking to the media ahead of training yesterday. At the start of the season, if anyone had said we would slip from second to fifth in the middle of March, we would have thought happy days! I think everybody deserves a bit of credit for the progress we have made. The team has made giant strides to be pushing some of the bigger clubs in the division. We have only lost two in 12 and three in 16 since the turn of the year. We know we need to turn a corner after two defeats and need to start putting some points on the board again. Bradbury has a number of injury concerns ahead of the Brunton Park showdown, with Cherries' casualty list starting to lengthen at the wrong time of the season. Left-back Rhoys Wiggins is definitely out, while Bradbury rates Warren Cummings as touch and go. Stephen Purches is on stand-by to make his 250th league appearance for Cherries. Striker Michael Symes is expected to face a late fitness test on a groin injury, while Mark Molesley is ruled out after turning his ankle during a midweek reserve outing. Midfielder Marc Pugh was excused training yesterday following the birth of his first child in the early hours of the morning, although he will rejoin the squad for the flight to Newcastle later today. Discussing Carlisle, Bradbury said: They have been a little up and down. They drew 1-1 in the week with Plymouth and will be looking to turn the corner after losing 6-0 at Peterborough. Hopefully, this is the type of game where we can express ourselves and come out with a positive result. Cumbrians: (from) Collin, Simek, Murphy, Michalik, Robson, Thirlwell, Taiwo, Berrett, Zoko, Marshall, Curran, Swinglehurst, Wells, Loy, Madden, Bowman, L Cooper, Caig. Cherries: (from) Jalal, Smith, Pearce, S Cooper, Cummings, Feeney, Robinson, Hollands, Pugh, Ings, Dalla Valle, Purches, Fletcher, Partington, Stockley, Symes, Baudry, Nelson, Taylor, Thomas.