Bournemouth's Scott Malone expects starting position

Scott Malone

Bournemouth midfielder Scott Malone says he expects to start Saturday's game against Hartlepool after his man-of-the-match performance on Tuesday.

Malone, 20, came on with 22 minutes remaining against Exeter City and helped the Cherries to a 2-0 victory.

The former Wolves player scored one goal after setting up Matt Tubbs for the opener but is now pushing to start.

"It's how you react to being dropped and I think I reacted well when I came on," Malone told BBC Radio Solent.

"I was a bit disappointed not to be in the starting 11, as were all the players not included."

The versatile player has made 22 appearances for the Cherries this season scoring four times and admitted to being shocked at his man of the match award on Tuesday.

He also says he is willing to play anywhere in order to make the starting 11 for Saturday's trip to Hartlepool.

"I was pretty pleased with the award, especially having only been on the pitch for 20 minutes," said Malone.

"That's two for the season and hopefully I can get five or six. I'm happy to play anywhere, I just want to get on the pitch."

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