AFC Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling believes the Cherries can take all three points against Sunderland.
Gosling is expected to replace Andrew Surman for the game at Dean Court on Saturday, with Surman struggling with a hamstring injury after going off injured at Middlesbrough.
Gosling previously replaced Surman ahead of the Tottenham Hotspur game, after Surman had been taken ill during the warm up.
The Tottenham match ended 0-0, a third clean sheet in four home games and 10 points from a possible 12 at Dean Court since the opening weekend defeat to Manchester United.
The Cherries are currently 5 points clear of the relegation places and 10 points clear of Sunderland, who are bottom of the Premier League.
Sunderland are yet to win this season.
Gosling told afcb.co.uk…
“We know it`ll be tough against Sunderland. Just because they`re bottom of the league doesn`t mean it`ll be an easy game and we`ll have to be at it for the whole 90 minutes.
“It`s always nice to head into the international break with three points on the board, otherwise it`ll be a long couple of weeks before the next game and things tend to drag on. We`re looking to get the three points and create another little bit of a gap between the sides just below us.
“Our home form last year wasn`t great, but this year we`ve started very well so if we can pick up where we left off against Spurs then I`m sure it`ll be a difficult afternoon for them.
“The fans have been great. I think the way we`ve started recent home games has certainly helped. That`s what makes the fans shout loud and it helps us on the pitch…’
‘We’re going to miss Surman so much and his range of passing. I like Gosling, but I’m not sure he has the right attributes for games when we have lots of the ball, unless he’s played further up the pitch; he was great against Spurs though so he deserves a chance at least. – Join the conversation here.
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