AFC Bournemouth: Harry Arter hopes for Reading repeat

Harry Arter

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter says last weekend's 2-1 victory at Reading must be the team's "benchmark" for the rest of the season.

The Cherries will look to follow up their win at the Madejski Stadium when they host Birmingham City in the Championship on Saturday.

And Arter says they now need to reproduce their away form at home.

"Saturday is the most comfortable we've been all year," the 23-year-old told BBC Radio Solent.

"That's the benchmark and we need to kick on from that and bring that form into our home games."

The Cherries have not won at the Goldsands Stadium since 5 October when they beat Millwall 5-2, but Arter hopes their performance against Reading can help kickstart their season.

"Sometimes it's a relief to play away from home," he said.

"At home here teams sit in and hit us on the break. They've got good enough players to do that.

"The fans need to realise we've come up a level and are playing against better players. But on our day when we are confident like we were on Saturday we are able to beat teams like Reading.

He added: "At home I don't think we've played top, top stuff this year. (Our better performances against) Doncaster, Burnley and Reading have all come away from home and if we can play like that at home we will be a real force."

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