Bournemouth's Steve Fletcher hails players' response

Steve Fletcher
Fletcher scored the winner in the 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers

Bournemouth assistant manager Steve Fletcher was pleased by the players' response to his criticism of their 2-2 draw at Yeovil on Saturday.

The Cherries conceded two late goals against the Glovers, but beat Bristol Rovers 2-1 on Monday to remain sixth in League One, in the play-off positions.

"I didn't tear into them but words had to be said," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"The truth hurts but sometimes you get a response and 48 hours later we do the opposite and it shows great character."

Veteran striker Fletcher, 38, who scored the winning goal against the Pirates, added: "Saturday was deflating, to be 2-0 up and in command we just didn't learn from what's happened a lot of the times this season.

"But it wasn't meant to be, in the huddle [after the Yeovil game] I didn't know what to say, I had a little bit of a pop but I apologised afterwards because we need to keep spirits high."

Bournemouth next travel to Fletcher's old club Hartlepool on Saturday knowing a win would secure their place in the League One play-offs.

Realistically, the Cherries' goal difference will earn them a play-off place if they win one of their last two games, and Fletcher says the side are worthy of a place in the top six.

"We just want to keep going, of course it would be fabulous to go up to Hartlepool, my home town club, and get the result that cements us in the play-offs because I believe we deserve to be there," he said.

"I know we've slacked a little bit of late but the players have kept going and we're still in with a shout."

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