Date: 5th January 2015 at 7:58am
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AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook was honoured to captain the Cherries in the FA Cup against Rotherham United.

Cook was the only first team regular named in the starting line up.

Goalkeeper Artur Boruc was an enforced change after his extended loan deal was not concluded before the FA Cup registration deadline, so Lee Camp came back into the side.

Alongside Cook, Adam Smith came in at right back, development squad defender Baily Cargill came in at centre back, with Ian Harte at left back.

Eunan O’Kane, Dan Gosling and Shaun MacDonald made up a central midfield three with Ryan Fraser and Junior Stanislas on the wings.

Yann Kermorgant played the lone role up front.


The Cherries should have gone in front when Ian Harte’s free kick hit the cross bar and bounced over the line, however the officials failed to see it.

Within moments Rotherham had gone up the other end with a heavily deflected shot from Richard Brindley beating Camp.

The home side maintained their lead for the next 34 minutes, before Shaun MacDonald levelled just before half time.

Then inside 15 second half minutes, the Cherries took charge of the game with Stanislas, Fraser and a brace from Kermorgant all scoring to make it 5-1.

Cook told the Daily Echo

“It is always nice to be captain, especially with how we are doing and playing. I was delighted when the manager said I would be doing it and it was an honour to lead out the side and the win made it much sweeter.

“We were a little slow off the mark and probably caused our own problems in the first half. Their goal was a bit fortunate because it took a deflection and Ian Harte`s free-kick was definitely over the line. We didn`t really get going until towards the end of the first half.

“But once we had gained a foothold, we were outstanding. Perhaps it was because a few of the lads hadn`t played a lot of football that we took a bit of time to settle but the second-half performance was one of the best of the season…’


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