Date:Friday March 22 2013
23rd March 2013
AFC Bournemouth return to Dean Court in much better form than the last time the players walked off the pitch at the Goldsands Stadium.
The Cherries last home game ended with a fifth consecutive defeat, dropping the side from top of League One to seventh within a matter of weeks.
But back to back away victories against Stevenage and Oldham have put the Cherries promotion push back on track and a win against Bury could potentially see Eddie Howe's side climb back up the League One table to within touching distance of the automatic places (depending on results elsewhere).
Bury meanwhile climbed off the foot of the League One table with victory over Stevenage on Tuesday, but remain six points adrift from safety.
Howe told the Daily Echo...
"They are a very committed team and are fighting hard to achieve their objective. We know from the first game against them that they work very hard and will never give up so are expecting another tough test.
"It will be great to be back on home soil. Going into the match on the back of two away wins will give us confidence. We have moved back into the play-off places and, hopefully, we can start another good home run...'
"...I think that had been a criticism labelled at us at times this season and there had been question marks about whether we had it in us. I think we showed we had in the two games and they were big results for us."
AFC Bournemouth defensive duo Charlie Daniels and stand-in captain Tommy Elphick both returned to the Cherries squad for the win over Oldham.
Left back Daniels played an hour, whilst Elphick was an un-used substitute, both could be in contention to start against Bury.
Matt Ritchie could return to the side after a facial injury saw him drop to the bench for the trip to Oldham.
Cherries captain Miles Addison remains sidelined for the remainder of the season with a foot injury, while striker Charlie Sheringham has joined Conference side Dartford on loan for a month.
Pitman has scored in both of his last two appearances, lifting his scoring tally (12) to just one behind leading scorer Lewis Grabban.
Schumacher is Bury's top scorer this season with 10 goals in all competitions.
Head to Head
Bournemouth wins - 19
Bury wins - 15
Draws - 9
Last time out
Bury held Bournemouth to a 2-2 draw back in November, extending their unbeaten run against the Cherries to four.
The last time AFC Bournemouth beat Bury was in August 2009, when the Cherries won 3-0.
29th March 2013, Colchester United Vs AFC Bournemouth.
Date:Friday March 22 2013
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Flahavan: I am staying to fight for the shirt (Friday May 24 2013)
Cherries linked with Brentford striker (Thursday May 23 2013)
Win a kit for a local youth football team (Thursday May 23 2013)
Introducing the 'All Departments' podcast (Thursday May 23 2013)
Mitchell: It is paramount we keep Howe (Thursday May 23 2013)
Three more games added to pre-season schedule (Thursday May 23 2013)
Pitman: No-one expected us to go up that day (Wednesday May 22 2013)
Mitchell: Season ticket sales are fantastic (Wednesday May 22 2013)
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