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Francis: Our defence can continue to impress

Cherries full-back, Simon Francis, believes the backline the club possesses is more than capable in performing in The Championship.

Speaking to, the consistent man for AFCB explained how he had no doubts that the back four that helped achieve promotion could also do a successful job in the second tier:

'There were times where we played well and didn't give many goals away and that really helped us towards the end of the season. The gaffer will probably look to strengthen but I think the back four have proved that they can play together and play at a higher level. The other lads are hitting a good time in their careers and play a lot older than they are. Cookie brings the ball out so well and looks like he`s been playing for years, and I think having Tommy alongside him has been a real asset for him.I think it`s made him a better player and Charlie has improved every week and I wouldn't be surprised if he has impressed some of the bigger clubs.'

Meanwhile, the right-back has drawn upon his previous experience at playing at this level to identify where in particular the squad need to step-up in order to compete and survive:

'I got relegated with Southend and it was tough. We tried to play the right way like we do at Bournemouth. We passed it around but the games that we lost we were just dominated physically and other teams were a lot stronger than us.That`s something we will have to take into account in pre-season but I`m sure we will get it right.'

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Writer: Tierney Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 14 2013

Time: 11:24AM


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