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Cook: I grew into the game

Cook: I grew into the game

AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook was left frustrated with his performance away to Bolton on Saturday.

The centre half made his first Championship start since the 14th December and only his second appearance in two months, when he stepped in to replace the injured Elliott Ward at the Reebok Stadium.

Cook slotted in alongside Cherries captain Tommy Elphick, with Ward expected to fly to Rome for specialist treatment on a knee injury.

However Cook has criticised himself for his first half performance, during a period of the match when AFC Bournemouth fell two goals behind.

Goals from Lewis Grabban and Simon Francis meant that the Cherries recovered to take a point back to the south coast.

Cook told the Daily Echo...

"Defensively, I thought we were disappointing in the first half and conceded two poor goals. From a personal point of view, it took me a while to get into the game, which was frustrating...'

'...I was disappointed with my first-half performance because I had wanted to show the manager that I was ready to play. He has always had a lot of faith in me and I wanted to come back into the side and hold down my place.

"I have so much respect for him and felt I let him down in the first 35 minutes because my standards dropped. He had a few words with me at half-time and, fortunately, I got my head right and thought I did well in the second half as I grew into the game."


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Writer:DJ
Date:Monday February 10 2014
Time: 2:05PM

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