AFC Bournemouth: Tommy Elphick aiming for title glory

Elphick targeting League One title

Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick believes the League One title is there for the taking as the Cherries chase promotion to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1987.

The Cherries are two points behind leaders Doncaster and victory in their final two games will seal promotion.

And Elphick says the Cherries have set their sights on not only gaining promotion but also winning the league.

"The title is there for the taking," Elphick told BBC Radio Solent.

The Cherries take on Carlisle on Saturday and end their season with a trip to Tranmere while Doncaster host Notts County and then visit third-placed Brentford.

And defender Elphick is aware how big an achievement it would be to go up as champions.

"When you look back you want a winners' medal and not a runners-up medal," he said,

"It's what everyone wants and to do it over such a long season with so many ups and downs would be massive for us and we all really want to do that."

The Cherries are chasing a club record eighth consecutive victory and could seal promotion on Saturday if results go their way.

For it to happen, they need to beat Carlisle and hope that both Brentford lose at Hartlepool in the late kick-off and Sheffield United fail to win at Portsmouth.

Elphick admits the extra attention on the club is distracting but has urged his side to concentrate on their task and stick to what they have been doing over the past few weeks.

"It's hard not to get too excited with the extra media attention and the possibilities people are talking about, but we have had a good week's training and the focus has not changed at all," he said. "We've got to win our games now.

"With the prize being so big it's there for us and we just need to concentrate on ourselves now.

"We've been building our foundations on clean sheets and with the firepower we have and the form Brett Pitman is in then if we do that there is no reason why we can't win."

He added: "We've never set out on this run to break any record but for any successful team you are going to do it and it is a reward and a reflection of how well we have done."

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