Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick happy to sit out

Tommy Elphick

Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick says he would happily "sit out" the rest of the season if it meant promotion for Eddie Howe's side.

The defender damaged his knee in the match against MK Dons at the beginning of February but has recovered to feature on the bench in recent weeks.

And the 25-year-old says he is happy to miss out on selection if it means the Cherries go up.

"The lads who are playing deserve to be there," Elphick told BBC Radio Solent.

"I'm not above anyone here, it's each man for himself.

"If we win every game from now until the end of the season 1-0 there will be no-one happier than me to sit out and watch that.

"That's the aim - promotion. Whatever the formula is or whatever team can do that than so be it."

In Elphick's absence Bournemouth have won five and lost five in their quest to finish in the League One automatic promotion places.

But in their last three games Bournemouth's back line have conceded just once and Elphick says they have been "brilliant".

"When I came out of the team we were on a good bit of form," he said.

"Things were looking good and I was obviously gutted to miss out when we went top.

"Then the lads did struggle a little bit but they've turned it around now.

"Two clean sheets on the bounce is brilliant and hopefully we've got more in us with a few more victories."

Elphick experienced promotion with Brighton in 2011 and says that based on ability, Bournemouth should have no problems following the example of their fellow south coast side.

He said: "It's exciting and based on ability we can do it.

"The teams we've got to play are all below us so on paper we should be able to do it.

"The challenge for us now is mentally are we going to step up to the plate and take that chance?

"We've got six cup finals now and I know it's a cliché but we have to live every game as if it's going to be our last."

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