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Defensive selection dilemma for Cherries boss Howe
7:06am Friday 22nd March 2013 in Latest Sport
BOSS Eddie Howe admits the return of defensive linchpins Tommy Elphick and Charlie Daniels has given him a pleasant selection dilemma.
Daniels started Cherries’ 1-0 win at Oldham following an eight-week layoff, while Elphick was on the bench at Boundary Park after six weeks on the sidelines.
The pair are again set to be in contention when Cherries host League One strugglers Bury at Dean Court tomorrow (3pm).
Howe told the Daily Echo: “It is a really nice dilemma for me. It has been the one area in our squad where we have been light on numbers, especially with Miles Addison out long term.
“The centre-half and full-back positions have always been a bit of a worry and being without Tommy and Charlie really stretched us. When everyone is fit, we feel we have as good a defence as any in the league.
“All the players are good characters and, whoever doesn’t start, I know they will support the team.”
Elphick, who had been captaining Cherries in the absence of Addison, has described promotion as a “life-changing” experience having gone up with Brighton in 2010.
He told the club website: “I wouldn’t be here now if I hadn’t got promoted with Brighton. Part of the reason this club wanted to bring me in was because I know what it takes. To have that on your CV changes your life.”
Cherries: (from) Allsop, Francis, Cook, Seaborne, Daniels, Fogden, O’Kane, Arter, Pugh, Grabban, Pitman, Tubbs, Ritchie, Hughes, Elphick, McQuoid, MacDonald, McDermott, Jalal.
Shakers: (from) Carson, Ebanks-Landell, Eastham, Sodje, Skarz, Jones, Carrington, Schumacher, Worrall, Bishop, Fagan, Regan, Thompson, Ajose, Clarke-Harris, Mezague, Healy, Belford.