CHER­RIES LOOK­ING FOR THE TI­TLE ON FI­NAL DAY

BOURNEMOUTH 3 CARLISLE UTD 1 Pro­mo­tion guar­an­teed with de­feat of Carlisle

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nick Par­rott

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.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

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

HARRY ARTER

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