Bournemouth boss Bradbury gave me confidence - Wes Fogden

Wes Ogden
Wes Ogden

In-form Bournemouth midfielder Wes Fogden has attributed his current confidence to the influence of manager Lee Bradbury.

The 23-year-old, who was playing part-time football for Havant six months ago, scored the Cherries' winner against Brentford on Tuesday.

"He's given me so much confidence and freedom, I'm really enjoying football," Fogden told BBC Radio Solent.

"Now it's about going out there, working hard and trying to improve."

Fogden added that scoring an early goal against the Bees had given the Cherries the confidence to play the passing style of football the players enjoy.

"We've let in early goals ourselves in the last two or three games so we needed to keep it tight because we knew if we got the first goal our confidence would grow," he said.

"Obviously we've been on a bad run of results but the performances have been OK really, it was just that little bit of luck that wasn't with us.

"[Against Brentford] the movement and enthusiasm to get on the ball and pass it was unbelievable, particularly in the first half, when we moved Brentford about and they didn't really get a sniff."

Fogden started as a trainee at Brighton where he overcame a cancer scare that threatened his career, but only made four appearances for the Seagulls.

He began this season at Havant and Waterlooville but has impressed since making the step up to League One and was rewarded with a new three-and-a-half year contract last month.