Doncaster Rovers: Bournemouth only looking up says Surman

Bournemouth's Andrew Surman
Bournemouth's Andrew Surman

Andrew Surman insists Bournemouth are not feeling the heat from the sides below them in the Championship.

After a strong start to the season the Cherries have dropped down into lower mid-table, with suggestions they could be dragged into the relegation fight.

With Rovers heading to the South Coast tomorrow, such predictions would only be strengthened with victory for Paul Dickov’s men.

But midfielder Surman says his side are only looking in one direction – up.

“You’re always better off looking up rather than behind you,” Surman said.

“We’re about the same points off the top as we are off the bottom and I think it’s definitely worth looking up.

“You don’t want to be looking behind you.

“We will take each game as it comes and if we can go on a decent run, you never know.”

Bournemouth have won just once in their last nine league games but, like Rovers, their performances have raised optimism about their stay in the division.

Surman, on loan from Norwich, said: “If the performances hadn’t been good then that would be worrying, but they have been good.

“If we can turn a few of those draws or losses into wins then that will make a massive difference.”

Midfielder Eunan O’Kane missed Bournemouth’s 1-0 defeat at Derby last weekend through injury and remains a doubt ahead of Rovers’ visit.

Left back Charlie Daniels and former Rovers loanee Elliott Ward will both miss out.

Ward damaged his knee after colliding with an advertising hoarding during the Cherries’ defeat to Leicester.

Veteran defender Ian Harte has been deputising for Daniels.