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Arter: No reason to panic

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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Writer: DJ Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 16 2013

Time: 8:31AM

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Coming from one as level headed and non-reactive as Harry, the statement "No reason to panic" is quite ironic! I actually see no panic in the supporters and most comments are level headed, well thought out and constructive. The weakness up front is clear and been restated many times. Management is about making and executing the right decisions while motivating the team below you. EH will do this in "panic" is not in my (our) vocabulary.
Totally agree here with redflash! ' Harry must be talking to the new rich chums near Brownsea Island! Those 3/4 k brigade that have turned up this season, bringing in welcome money but have no understanding of what the old fans have been through these last ten years. ' Like redflash I feel Harry is awkward citing fan dissatisfaction, where is that? .. We know as fans the importance of patience. EH is no AB (now sacked) we have limited funds and teams like Watford must be spinning that their form has dipped so much! Now they are a big club, huge compared to us like Birmingham! ... So if it's OK with you Harry we will keep the faith or are you more worried about your need to pull your socks up and put in one of those extraordinary performances we are hoping from you? Just a thought like! . Merry Christmas to the team Harry and maybe Santa Denim is casting a slide rule over his team over Christmas and looking to spend a little in January. . .
St Albans cherry
At the start of the season some idiots were banding around ideas like "Top 6, definitely" and lots of people mere moaning when we were in 8th place!!!!!. People need to take stock and get real. On Saturday our attendance was 9000. By even being in the Championship we have already overachieved. Arter is right - nobody should panic because we are not in the bottom 3.. Finishing 21st or above is the target this year. Too many fools with the ignorance and arrogance to expect us to walk up the Championship table, past huge clubs that have been in this division for years are moaning and groaning that we are bottom half. If we finish 21st we should be proud of the achievement.
chris skyline
Totally agreed so who are these numpties that clearly have no understanding of the game! I think we are all just immensely proud of our club and its ambitions. We have all come on this incredible journey. I really feel that we will be here again next season. As we all have said some of these teams have quality that we would love to buy. So fingers crossed the next two games should show us, the team and the owners just how far we have come! It would have been great to have over achieved but even teams like Watford ain't doing it at the moment. We have come a long way with this squad and I feel that there is more to come. Exciting eh? So much better to have earned the place next year than to just buy us out of trouble! Come on you Cherries!
St Albans cherry
. . HARRY HAS NO NEED TO PANIC, . . . He will still have a well paid job if we drop in to league 1. . . . . I said at the start of the season, if we stay in the Championship I will consider that a small victory.

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