Scott Parker: “It’s a cup competition and it’s one where we want to win the game”

MK Dons arrive on the South coast this Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Carabao Cup and Cherries boss, Scott Parker, isn’t taking the competition lightly.

Despite the rearranged tie creeping into July, Parker sees the game as both an opportunity to get more minutes ahead of the league opener with West Brom, but also a competitive match that he wants to win.

“I like the competition.

“It’s a cup competition and it’s one where we want to win the game and go on a run. 

“It’s our last pre-season game or would be our last pre-season game, but it is a competitive one – it sounds cliche but we want to win every game we go into,” explained the Bournemouth head coach.

The game will be Parker’s first competitive game for his new club and just the second at Vitality Stadium and is hoping there will be a good atmosphere.

He said: “I am looking forward to it to be fair. 

“I thought the other night against Chelsea was a great opener for me here for the fans and the team as well. 

“Hopefully this place can get bouncing a little bit and we can get through the next round.”

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