Date: 18th December 2006 at 9:31am
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Ahead of AFC Bournemouth’s draw at Gillingham, Kevin Bond spoke about no quick fixes and that he wants to be judged at the end of the season.

Bond joined Bournemouth in October and inherited a side that was eighth under Sean O’Driscoll and under Joe Roach and Stuart Murdoch remained in fourteenth despite only winning one game in their six game reign.

During the opening thirteen matches under O’Driscoll, Roach and Murdoch the Cherries only lost three matches.

Bond (including Gillingham on Saturday) has lost six of his nine league games in charge.

Speaking to the Daily Echo Bond said…

‘When I first came here, we had a number of players out injured, experienced players.

‘I have had no desire whatsoever to chop and change either the side or the system.

I’m not trying to be clever, but I’ve found myself with little option. It’s been very difficult to get any continuity and that’s been frustrating.

‘I’ve been looking for a system which will help us match sides physically. We had a run of decent displays, capped off with the Forest win.

‘But then we shot ourselves in foot against Port Vale and that was a massive dent to the confidence. We conceded two goals after 10 minutes and that was nothing to do with the system.

‘We seem to be taking one step forward and then one step back.

‘I know what football’s like and I know we need to start winning matches but I would rather people made a judgement at the end of the season…’

‘…Collectively, we are perfectly capable of staying in this division and I have every confidence that we will.’