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Bradbury: We having nothing to fear

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Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury feels his side "are a force to be reckoned with again" following the 2-2 home draw with Charlton.

The Addicks took the lead in the 27th minute through Scott Wagstaff, but Bournemouth equalised in the 30th minute when Marc Pugh headed in from close range. The Cherries went ahead in the 58th minute with a deflected shot by Danny Hollands. But Bradley Wright-Phillips shot home from the edge of the area to snatch a point for the visitors.

Bradbury said: "I was disappointed to only get a draw because we had enough chances to have won a couple of games. But, after losing our last three matches, we looked a good side again and I said to the players at the end we are a force to be reckoned with again."

He added: "I gave Steve Fletcher a start and even at his age he gives us a different dimension because he is big and strong and experienced. I was disappointed with Charlton's second goal because we should have been awarded a foul in the build-up to it but overall there were a lot of positives.

"We have a decent run-in with only Peterborough on Friday up there with us and I think this squad is so hungry for success we have nothing to fear.

"I told the players if we continued to play like that we won't be far off by the end of the season. Everyone fought so hard."

Charlton manager Chris Powell praised goalkeeper Rob Elliott for his part in denying Bournemouth during a flurry of pressure at the end of the match.

Powell said: "My goalkeeper excelled himself when Bournemouth's pressure was at its most intense. He is a good goalkeeper and a good character and he showed great resilience when it mattered.

"We have had two good draws in a week now against Southampton and Bournemouth and we are showing more belief with every game."

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