CHERRIES LOOKING FOR THE TITLE ON FINAL DAY
BOURNEMOUTH 3 CARLISLE UTD 1 Promotion guaranteed with defeat of Carlisle
STEVE Cook insists Bournemouth are hungry for the League One title after defeat of Carlisle secured them promotion to the Championship.
Cook opened the scoring in the 25th minute while efforts from Harry Arter and Brett Pitman after a second-half Lee Miller equaliser sealed the win.
The Cherries’ promotion was confirmed after third-place Brentford, who will play secondplaced Doncaster on the final day, failed to beat Hartlepool with Cook targeting a win at Tranmere to secure the title.
Bournemouth lead the league by a point ahead of Doncaster and Cook said:“We are in there (the dressing room) partying so confident are we that we will win the league.
“We will go to Tranmere all guns blazing to win the league and be champions. I never expected this day to come earlier in the season and it hasn’t really sunk in.
“It is unbelievable, who would have thought it, especially after we lost five on the bounce a couple of weeks ago.
“We didn’t play as well as we could (against Carlisle) maybe that was a bit down to nerves or pressure but saying that we won 3-1.
“The results have gone our way and everyone is buzzing, words can’t describe how it feels.
“It was my first real goal as well and what a day for it and we have got some great players in the dressing room like Harry and Brett who can win things for us.”
Cook bagged his first goal in the Football League to pave the way for the victory when he headed home a Simon Francis cross midway through the first half.
The defender was then partly at fault as Lee Miller grabbed a 50th-minute equaliser as Carlisle threatened to spoil the promotion party.
But after former Carlisle loanee Arter had netted to restore the Cherries’ lead, Pitman scored for the eighth game in succession to put the finishing touches to the win in stoppage time.The Cumbrians had arrived on the south coast on the back of a six-match unbeaten run which had included a win against Doncaster and draws with Yeovil and Sheffield United.
And Carlisle manager Greg Abbott said: “We wanted to keep the run going. I thought we contributed to a really good game and played some great football.
“Bournemouth are the best team in the division and I am delighted for them that they are going up.
“We can take a lot of credit because we didn’t roll over. It was nervous and edgy for them until they got the third goal in the last minute and our boys were very good. We wanted to go eight unbeaten and into next season on the back of some good performances.
“We can’t be too disappointed because we were beaten by a really good team who will possibly go up as champions.We have to take all the good
points into next season now.”
HERE WE GO: Steve Cook opens the scoring for Bournemouth as they edge ever closer to promotion
HEADS UP: Steve Cook rises to meet his goalbound effort