Bournemouth face Forest in Championship clash

Scott Parker takes his Bournemouth side to the City Ground later today for the Cherries first away game of the campaign against Nottingham Forest.

Bournemouth come into today’s tie after a 2-2 draw against West Brom, which was one of six draws on the opening day of the campaign. 

When asked by Nerve Sport on whether Parker had prepared his team for the challenge of being the away side, he said: “Not really, I have not prepared them in that sense, in terms of talking about atmosphere we will probably touch on it nearer the game and explain that.” 

Parker was focused on making sure his team is prepared for the football challenge Forest will pose and getting a result as he looks to get off to a good start in the league.

“The main preparations have been what we are going to face on Saturday,” he explained. 

“The team is going to face different problems and we are going to have to try and solve and to get a result and that has been the main drive of this week leading into it.”

Some of those problems will come in the shape of former Cherries striker Lyle Taylor who scored last weekend and Brennan Johnson, the attacking midfielder who scored 10 times and got 12 assists last season will be a constant threat for Parker’s side. 

The Bournemouth coach will be looking for the likes of Phil Billing and Emi Marcondes to continue their own goalscoring form. The two Danish midfielders found the back of the net against the Baggies last time out and have been key players in Parker’s team so far.

Youngsters Jordan Zemura, Gavin Kilkenny and Jaidon Anthony will also be required to continue their impressive performances after being thrust into first team action due to a mounting injury list at Vitality Stadium.


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