Date: 30th January 2015 at 8:35am
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AFC Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman has dismissed the pressure of remaining top of the Championship table.

The forward, who came through the youth team ranks with the Cherries has pointed to the pressure of fighting to remain in the Football League in 2009 as serious pressure.

During that season the Cherries suffered a seventeen point deduction before the League Two campaign had kicked off. This followed on from a ten point deduction the previous season which ultimately relegated the club.

The Cherries went through three managers in Kevin Bond, Jimmy Quinn and Eddie Howe as well as a transfer embargo before important victories away at Chester and at home to Grimsby secured the Cherries league status and probably saved the club from extinction.

Comparing that pressure to that of sitting top of the second tier of English football pushing for promotion to the Premier League, Pitman believes this is pressure the team can enjoy.

Pitman told the Daily Echo

“We are where every team in our league and the two leagues below would want to be. That`s the kind of pressure we would want.

“We would prefer to be top of the table than at the bottom because trying to fight to stay in the league is real pressure. It`s nice pressure if there is such a thing. There are probably teams in mid-table with little or no pressure and we wouldn`t want that either.

“I know what playing under serious pressure is about because it happened here a few years ago. When I look back at the Grimsby game in 2009, if we had lost, we could have gone out of the Football League – that is pressure.”

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