AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook is hoping that the Cherries can provide their supporters the bragging rights over neighbours Southampton.
AFC Bournemouth host their closest neighbours in the Football League on Sunday, as Southampton make the short trip along the south coast for a Super Sunday fixture live on Sky Sports.
Last season, Southampton won the first encounter 2-0 at St Mary’s before AFC Bournemouth won the second match 2-0 at Dean Court.
This season, both sides are evenly matched level on 21 points with only two goals separating the sides on goal difference.
Southampton are without a win in their last five games away from home, whilst the Cherries are searching for their first back-to-back victories of the season.
Cook told Sky Sports…
‘…We’re doing okay but it could be better, We’re looking for a bit more consistency now and our aim is to take our performances to the next level and go on more of a run of winning games. We haven’t won back-to-back games for a while now and I think that’s our next target.
‘I think we need to stay in this league first and foremost. We want to get to the 40-point mark as quickly as possible and then build from there. If we improve on 16th from last year it’ll be a success…’
‘…We want to put on a good show every game, but to get a win against Southampton and give our fans the bragging rights would be nice.’
IT’S NOT A DERBY!
Fans of the famous Brighton & Hove Albion Infrastructure drinking game might like to try a festive alternative to celebrate the Cherries’ fine form.
Introducing ‘It’s not a derby’ bingo. Unfortunately this one can’t be played as a drinking game by anyone who wishes to hold down a job or is close to the end of their weekly washing cycle. Too dangerous.
The rules are simple – monitor any form of social media over the next few days and pick up points for any of the following:
1 point – Saints fan saying ‘it’s not a derby’
2 points – Saints fan telling you that you think it is a derby.
3 points – lonely Pompey fan getting involved for unknown reasons.
4 points – Saints and Pompey fans love in.
5 points – Saints fan giving it the biggun because they beat the worst Inter Milan team in 50 years (they seem to have gone quiet with their Europa League boasts recently so this is rare).
There are literally thousands of points up for grabs on this one. I’ve already scored a full house in the responses to Jack Wilshere’s tweet about looking forward to his first south coast derby.
Good luck! – Join the conversation here.
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