Cherries don’t want to be pipped at post again

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After narrowly missing out on promotion last season, Bournemouth will be determined to secure a passage out of Npower League One when the new term kicks off.

Despite finding themselves in the automatic promotion places for a large chunk of the campaign, the Cherries ultimately had to settle for a spot in the play-offs.

However, Lee Bradbury's men were dumped out at the semi-final stage in the cruellest of fashions, as Huddersfield progressed to the Old Trafford after triumphing in a penalty shoot-out.

It is now imperative for Bradbury to reinforce his ranks, and the Bournemouth boss has already brought Darryl Flahavan, Adam Barrett and Steven Gregory to Dean Court this summer.

But Cherries midfielder Marc Pugh feels the south-coast side are still lacking strength in depth and are in need of some more new faces - namely a free-scoring striker.

"The lads we've brought in are looking good, but we need a few more players in order to be pushing for the play-offs," the 24-year-old told BBC Radio Solent.


"We need a striker who can score 15 to 20 goals a season, that's what we lacked last season and it's important that we bring someone like that in.

"Last season we were underdogs and teams were expecting to beat us, but this season I think teams will pay a lot more respect to us.

"We've just got to not disappoint. We've got to approach this season like we did last season and not fear anyone."

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