Andrew Surman: Bournemouth star 'proud' after whirlwind week

Andrew Surman
Andrew Surman has scored three goals in 39 appearances since joining Bournemouth from fellow promotion hopefuls Norwich in September

Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman helped his club take another step towards promotion after a sleepless night as his wife gave birth.

His third child - a daughter, Lily - arrived on Friday morning, hours before he played in the win at Brighton.

"It was a long two days, so I had to get focused and ensure I didn't fall asleep on the pitch," Surman, 28, told BBC Radio Solent.

The Championship leaders travel to Reading on Tuesday.

They hold a one-point advantage over Norwich and Watford with four games to go.

Championship promotion race
Reading (a)Leeds (a)Nottm Forest (a)Wolves (h)Blackpool (h)Cardiff (h)
Sheff Wed (h)M'brough (h)Birmingham (h)Norwich (a)Huddersfield (a)Wolves (a)
Bolton (h)Rotherham (a)Brighton (a)Fulham (a)Millwall (a)Nottm Forest (h)
Charlton (a)Fulham (h)Sheff Wed (h)Brighton (h)Reading (h)Blackburn (a)

Surman's wife went into labour on Thursday night and gave birth at 08:30 BST on Friday, less than 12 hours before Bournemouth faced Brighton.

"We had a daughter, who we are really proud of, and a great win," added Surman.

"I was awake all night and day, had 45 minutes with my daughter, got on the bus and travelled to Brighton for the game.

"Luckily I had a good night's sleep on Friday as my wife was in hospital but she's been keeping us up the past couple of nights."

Surman and his team-mates know that four wins from their final four games will seal promotion to the Premier League and the former Norwich man says it is great to be in control of their own destiny.

"We've got to be mentally right," he said. "It's down to us now, we win our last four games, we go up and that starts on Tuesday.

"It's great to have our destiny in our own hands and not rely on other teams and we want to keep it like that. We are fully focused on ourselves, it's a dangerous game to play if you start looking too far ahead because it can come back and bite you on the bum. You have to remain professional, switched on and focus.

"It's so tight, it's going to be an exciting finish and we want to make sure we are top of the pile at the end of it."