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AFC Bournemouth’s Development Goalkeeper, Patrick O’Flaherty, believes that his squad have not been hyped up enough for their first ever season in the top flight.
Photography by Naomi Baker
O’Flaherty, who has been at the club for the last 18 months, sees the potential of the squad on a daily basis in training, and says that their manager is the reason why people should be looking forward to Bournemouth’s style of play.
“The way that Eddie Howe has them playing, the team should be hyped up (by the media). People should be excited to watch them play,” he explains, and is adamant that his side can cope with the pressures of their new-found exposure.
With assistant goalkeeping Coach, Martin Pidgley
“We play a different style of football to the other teams and so I do think we can withstand the Premier League. They have confidence in how they want to play the game, but it will be a tough season.”
And he isn’t wrong. After an unlucky 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa last weekend, Bournemouth found themselves on the wrong end of an offside decision last night for the only Liverpool goal, leaving them pointless after two games.
The 6ft 5′ Goalkeeper doesn’t get beaten easily – Photography by Naomi Baker
Despite the first team struggling to adapt to the fast-paced nature of the highest league in England, O’Flaherty believes the development squad can win their division this season: “Being in a third category league, it’s not going to be easy and the others teams are going to push us.
“Exeter are probably our toughest opponents this season. They have players with first team experience and showed us how difficult this league will be, but we should be winning it. That’s the aim.”
To hear more of Patrick’s interview on the Bournemouth squad and his contract extension, click the link below: