AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook believes a victory in the FA Cup against League One side Millwall could give the chance for the Cherries to build momentum in the Premier League.
The Cherries travel to The New Den on Saturday expecting to make a string of changes to the side that drew 3-3 with Arsenal on Tuesday night.
Over the past couple of seasons both the EFL Cup (formally League Cup) and the FA Cup have been used by manager Eddie Howe to rotate his squads, with 10 or 11 changes not unusual.
But Cook believes, whatever the selection, the fixture gives the squad the chance to build momentum which can be taken into their Premier League campaign.
Cook told the Daily Echo…
‘…whoever plays in cup matches has a chance to stake a claim for a league spot.
“We want to enjoy the FA Cup. It can be a magical competition and you need wins in it to take into league games.
“We have to build some momentum – we haven`t won back-to-back league games for a long time.”
‘Onto the next game…Millwall in the Cup. What side would you pick? Lots of youth and backups? Or keep it very strong and first team-like?
Gosling – otherwise midfield is light
Surman – when we have a majority of possession he’s always good
Hyndman – We need to see him
Afobe – hopefully the paperwork is sorted?
Let’s get A.Smith back into a position he’s actual used to and against opposition he should better. Otherwise his confidence is going to be shot with continual poor performances in midfield.
Mings and M.Wilson we need to see, same for Brad Smith.
I assume Lewis Cook isn’t fit otherwise I’d have him in to rest Gosling. A central midfield of Hyndman and Surman would be very lightweight and needs a bit more beef.
Afobe if possible needs as many games and goals as he can give him. Feed the confidence and blow away the rusty finishing. Mousset we need to see more of. Pugh we know will do the job. If Afobe isn’t available then move Mousset central and put Grabban on the right – if Grabban still exists.
Otherwise we’re looking at people like Ndjoli (formally of Millwall) and O’Connell from the stiffs. I assume Gradel will be at ACON by Saturday? King/Fraser/Stanislas/Wilson all probably need a good rest after last night’s exploits. – Join the conversation here.
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