Date:Monday December 16 2013
AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter insists that the Cherries are living up to expectations in the Championship.
Just fourteen months ago, the Cherries were managerless and sitting the relegation zone of League One. A squad assembled on one of the larger budgets AFC Bournemouth had seen in recent years looked more likely to be playing in the fourth tier of English football as oppose to the second tier during spells of the opening three months of the 2012/13 season.
Following the return of Eddie Howe from Burnley as manager, that same squad had reversed their poor fortunes and joined the promotion race.
Eight months ago that race ended, with AFC Bournemouth promoted to the second tier of English football for only the second time in the clubs history.
The opening 20 games of the Championship campaign have proved exciting, with the Cherries proving that they can compete with some of the best teams in the division, taking very notable results away from the likes of Nottingham Forest, Burnley and Reading.
Whilst beating former Premier League and current FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic at Dean Court.
The Cherries are seventeenth in the table, the highest placed promoted side, two points clear of League One Champions Doncaster Rovers and five points clear of League One Play-Off winners Yeovil Town.
But a fifth defeat of the season at home has left some supporters anxious about what is to come during the second half of the season.
Arter told the Daily Echo...
"There is no reason to panic and, if any supporters want to create that, it is up to them because we can`t control people`s opinions. Nobody said this season was going to be easy and we feel we are doing the right things.
"There are some bigger teams than us doing a lot worse and, if there is any panic here, I don`t know what it must be like at their clubs. We would have taken where we are now at the start of the season and would have bitten off someone`s hand for it a year ago.
"We are above the two other promoted teams so it is not as if we are going backwards and they are moving on and leaving us behind. I don`t know what people expected this season and whether they expected us to go up again. I don`t think the experts would have predicted that and I think we are doing what was expected of us."
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Date:Monday December 16 2013
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