Date:Friday August 17 2012
AFC Bournemouth midfielder Marc Pugh understands that the Cherries squad are under pressure to perform this season.
After spending a lot of money on the squad during the second half of the season last term, manager Paul Groves has made a further eight signings over the course of the summer.
Many of Groves new signings are unfortunately unavailable going into the League One opener at Portsmouth, but Pugh still hopes the Cherries can start the campaign with a win.
Portsmouth have been boosted following the signing of ten new players since their League Cup defeat to Plymouth on Tuesday.
The deals are still subject to approval by the football league so uncertainty remains over how the Portsmouth team will line up.
Pugh told afcb.co.uk...
"It`s important to know the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition but we`ve got to concentrate on our own performance. We are going to try and play our game, and hopefully we can start the league season with a win,"
"It`s a massive game. They`ve had a lot of problems and it`s been tough for them, but we`ve got to approach it like any other game. There should be a great atmosphere and we are really looking forward it.
"There`s a lot expected of us this year. We`ve signed a lot of good players, we`ve got good financial backing and the fans are going to expect a performance and hopefully we can give them something to shout about."
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Date:Friday August 17 2012
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