Opposition View: ‘Other clubs have doubted Bournemouth’s ability but they’re not anymore…’

We catch up with Bournemouth supporter Joe Naggy ahead of our Premier League clash

21.08.16 - West Ham United vs AFC Bournemouth - Premier League - Michael Antonio of West Ham powers home the winning goal.

How do you think your season is going so far?

Our season has been great. I’m impressed with every player on the pitch and the table reflects our performances. We’re currently sitting in 12th with the ability to carry on climbing the table. Other clubs have doubted our ability before going into the game and that’s why we’ve been able to steal points from clubs that have done this.

Any new players at Bournemouth that have stuck out for you?

Milos Kerkez has been a stand out so far this season for me. He is a young defender we signed from AZ Alkmaar at the start of the season. He made his debut for us against West Ham and assisted a goal in our draw against Aston Villa. Unfortunately, he got injured during training but is due back at the end of January so keep your eyes peeled for him.

What are your thoughts about Bournemouth manager Andoni Iraola?

He’s been great so far this season and I’m really happy with the work ethic that’s being put in as we can see it on the pitch. He has the players playing together like an actual football team which is great to see. Just hoping we can keep it up until the end of the season.

Bournemouth have had a few good results this season so far; drawing to Villa and Newcastle and beating United what’s got you through this?

We’ve done really well. Teams are underestimating what we can do and that’s where we are able to nick points from them. Other teams seem to think: ‘It’s only Bournemouth’ when it’s slowly now becoming: ‘It’s Bournemouth, they’re on a great run’. When teams start taking us seriously that’s when they’ll be able to be the ones to get points from us.

How were you feeling after beating Manchester United away?

I can’t put it into words. It was great to witness such an amazing performance. People will say Manchester United aren’t themselves this season but it still is Manchester United and Old Trafford, the name doesn’t change. We put in a great shift and showed the league we are better than what everyone thinks.

What will be classed as a successful season for Bournemouth?

Staying up but I think we might be OK. I don’t want to jinx it just yet though. We have the potential to push to beat our highest finish which is 9th but I’ll be happy with a mid table finish for sure.

Is there a position that needs fulfilling at Bournemouth in the January transfer?

We could do with a striker replacement as Kieffe Moore is looking like he could potentially move to another club during the January transfer. Whilst he isn’t our main striker, we need a backup in case Solanke gets injured and for more rotation during cup games.

Also why are Bournemouth called the Cherries?

The Cherries’ nickname comes from playing on the site of the Cooper Dean estate which was home to a number of cherry orchards. Which is why we also play in a cherry-striped kit.

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