Written by Carlo Simone (@CSimonejourno)
AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall has been impressed with how his side have been “playing with confidence” as the Cherries travel to Luton Town on Saturday.
Currently in second place in the Championship, Bournemouth extended their unbeaten run to four games by overcoming ten-man Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 in midweek.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Tindall expressed his happiness with his side’s form.
“We’ve been really pleased with our recent performances and topped off with a good result [against Wycombe], so I feel we’re playing with confidence,” he said.
“We’re in a good place and we’re just looking forward now to the game tomorrow and hopefully we can back up recent results and performances with another three points.”
There are no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Kenilworth Road, with winger Arnaut Danjuma still on the road to recovery.
“With hamstring injuries you have to learn from them [sic] experiences and you have to adopt a careful, low-risk approach,” said Tindall.
“That’s what we’re doing with Arnie, because when Arnie’s back we want him to remain back and to be able to make a difference.”
There are still absences in defence with Chris Mepham and Jack Stacey both still out, but Tindall gave praise to Jack Simpson for filling in so well to help with two clean sheets in the last two matches.
“That’s credit to Jack for being so patient and doing all the hard work behind the scenes on the training ground to develop himself to make sure that he’s ready when called upon,” he said.
“I think he’s certainly took that if the last two games are anything to go by, and I’m sure he’s in a good place now.”
Bournemouth’s opponents, Luton Town, find themselves comfortably in mid-table at the moment, and Tindall expects them to provide a tough challenge.
“Certainly judging by Luton’s last two games, especially at home, where they beat Norwich comfortably, and then they backed that up with another good home result against Preston, scoring three goals in both of them [sic] games,” he said
“That just goes to show what a good side they are, how difficult this game’s going to be, but they’ll surely be looking at us as a good team in good form with good players.
“We just need to go there and make sure we assert ourselves on the game and make sure we take care of our own business and deliver the performance that we want,” he added.
The Championship has proven to be quite tight this campaign, with just five points separating Bournemouth in second place and Brentford in the last playoff spot in sixth place.
A couple of defeats could see the Cherries drop places, but Tindall doesn’t see that as providing any extra pressure. Speaking to Nerve Sport he said: “We don’t look at it that way. We purely focus on the next game, making sure we’re prepared and we’re fully focused on going into that game knowing what we need to do and what’s expected.
“I think if we do that and we deliver the performances that I’ve seen from the team in the last four games then I’ve got no doubt that I’d be happy with the team,” he added.
AFC Bournemouth will play Luton Town in the Championship at 3pm on Saturday.