Daggers v Cherries MATCH PREVIEW

AFTER pulling off one of the great escapes last season to avoid relegation into the Blue Square Premier, despite suffering a 17-point deduction, Bournemouth are looking to get out of League Two from the right end this season.

by MIKE SIMMONDS

AFTER pulling off one of the great escapes last season to avoid relegation into the Blue Square Premier, despite suffering a 17-point deduction, Bournemouth are looking to get out of League Two from the right end this season.

After Tuesday night's 2-1 win over Notts County, the Cherries are sitting second in the table, with only three points separating themselves and league leaders Rochdale.

Although the chasing pack all have games in hand, it appears that Eddie Howe's side are out of the mini slump now and recovering the form that took them to the summit earlier in the campaign.

A 5-0 hammering at Morecambe was followed by three successive defeats to Northampton Town, Bury and Aldershot.

But Howe's side bounced back in impressive fashion with a 3-1 win at Rotherham, before Chesterfield were beaten 1-0 at Saltergate.

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A 0-0 draw at home to Cheltenham Town followed on Saturday to make it three games without defeat for the Cherries.

Striker Brett Pitman has been the stand out performer by far this season, with 17 goals in all competitions.

The nearest to him is midfielder Danny Hollands with four, while veteran forward Steve Fletcher has only managed to find the net three times.

There have been barely any signings made by Howe in his time in charge, as the club have been hit with a transfer embargo from the FA.

They have managed to sign Norwich City defender Rhoys Wiggins on an emergency 28-day loan in recent weeks though, for his second spell with the club.

WE'VE MET BEFORE

Daggers have met Bournemouth three times in their history, but are still yet to enjoy a victory over their opponents.

Last season at Victoria Road, Mark Molesley struck an injury-time winner to break Daggers hearts as the visitors came away with a 1-0 win.

The Cherries won 2-1 on home turf that season too, despite Jon Nurse's second half goal, but this campaign both sides played out a 0-0 draw at Dean Court.

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