Date:Friday March 1 2013
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has praised winger Matt Ritchie for his recent performances as a stand-in left-back.
Ritchie made the move to Dean Court in January from promotion rivals Swindon Town for around £500,000.
Ritchie had become one of the most exciting right wingers in the division, but since making the move to the south coast he has shown his versatility as a stand-in left-back.
Following the injury to Tommy Elphick at stadium:MK, Ritchie made his debut at left-back and has played the majority of his time in the role.
He briefly returned to his favoured position of right wing following the loan signing of Marcos Painter, but with the Brighton defender lacking match sharpness, Howe has opted to stick with Ritchie in defence.
Howe told the Daily Echo...
'...it is not his preferred position and it is not the position we see him playing long term.
"But what you have to do is always think of the team and what is best for the team at the moment is for Matt to play there.
"There are different challenges facing him. He has got to be able to defend and Matt, so far, has come through all those tests with flying colours.
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Date:Friday March 1 2013
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Tubbs: Howe & Tindall turned the club on its head (Tuesday May 21 2013)
Arter linked with Premier League move (Monday May 20 2013)
Meades departs Dean Court (Monday May 20 2013)
Howe: We delivered when the pressure was on (Friday May 17 2013)
Ritchie: It`s my best achievement (Friday May 17 2013)
Addison: Biggest challenge of my career (Friday May 17 2013)
Cherries to erect temporary stand (Friday May 17 2013)
Elphick: Howe loves Bournemouth (Thursday May 16 2013)
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