Christie looking for "winning feeling again" as Cherries face Millwall

Ryan Christie spoke to Nerve Sport ahead of Bournemouth's trip to Millwall in the EFL Championship on Wednesday night.

Ryan Christie at Vitality Stadium vs Barnsley September 11 | By Nathaniel Hobby/Bournemouth Universi

Ryan Christie is fast becoming a fan favourite at AFC Bournemouth and the attacking midfielder is keen to get back to “winning ways” after the club’s second defeat of the season.

Cherries face Millwall in tonight’s Championship game as the gruelling fixture schedule of England’s second tier starts to ramp up ahead of the festive period.

After the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Wayne Ronney’s Derby on Sunday, Christie is looking at what the team can learn from that loss and bring all three points back to Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night.

“The exciting thing about this game is how quickly it comes around,” said the Scotland international.

“Everybody goes home on Sunday night and sits on the couch and you are kind of down in the dumps and you just want to put it right - it’s a lot harder to get your head around that when you are waiting a week or maybe ten days for your next game.

“So when the next game comes, you get an opportunity to put it right and get back to winning ways and have that winning feeling again - everyone is desperate to do that.”

He added: “You come in on Monday and go over the Derby game, we can learn from it and take that into tomorrow night.”

The trip to south east London will be tough for Scott Parker’s side who come into the game having lost two out of their last three games and will be welcomed by a notoriously boisterous home support.

But Christie is used to playing in front of hostile crowds having played in several Old Firm derbies during his time at Celtic.

When asked by NERVE SPORT if playing in those types of games has given the Cherries number ten a tough skin, he said: “Yeah 100%. I think my first couple of Old Firms kind of opened my eyes a little bit, but after you have played in a few it calms you down.

“You get that experience of playing in those kind of environments, espcially with Celtic, there have been European ties as well.

"You go away to these different countries and it’s very hostile. I've been fortunate to have those experiences of going to these kinds of places and having to deal with it and put it to the back of your head and hopefully that helps me tomorrow night.”

Despite often playing in front of crowds of up to 60,000 in his time north of the border, the move down south has given Christie the opportunity to visit new grounds and has been particularly impressed with the away support from Cherries fans this season.

“There is a lot to be said about both Celtic and Rangers in the influx of supporters they have and especially European nights at Celtic in front of 60,000 is pretty amazing but even here it is hardly a quiet stadium.

“The way it is built, it is so close to the pitch and it is the kind of stadium I like (to play in).

“It's close and intense so there is definitely not a lack of atmosphere and I have really enjoyed playing at home so far.

“On the away side I have been amazed by the amount of supporters we've had on the road this year and on the other side of that is getting to experience all these other stadiums around the country.”

 

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