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Last Updated: Monday, 18 October, 2004, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
Cummings hopes to retain momentum
By Mark Mitchener

Warren Cummings
Bournemouth defender Warren Cummings hopes they can continue the recent run of results which has lifted them to fifth place in League One.

Sean O'Driscoll's side have taken 13 points from their last five games.

And, Saturday's 4-0 win over Port Vale saw them draw level with leaders Luton as the division's leading scorers with 25 goals.

But Cummings has pointed to the influence of assistant boss Richard O'Kelly, who arrived in the summer from Hereford, for their new-found form in front of goal.

"With Richard coming in, he instils a little bit of positiveness to go and get a goal, and I think that's shown," Cummings told BBC Sport.

"Having been a centre-forward himself, he's more into the attacking side of the game - not that Sean isn't - but he's really helped the forwards.

If we can keep the momentum going there's no reason we can't go further in the table than we already have
Warren Cummings
"The strikers have been outstanding, but everyone's been chipping in - we've got about 13 different scorers this season already.

"In the last few home games, we've been getting a lot of goals - you don't know if it'll continue, but we'll take it while we can."

Midfielder Brian Stock led the way against Vale, firing in two volleyed goals from distance, and Cummings admitted: "Everyone knows what sort of ability Brian's got - he can go as far as he wants in the game.

"We went through a bit of a transitional period after Carl Fletcher left (for West Ham), but it just took one result to help us get over that and give everyone the belief that we could roll on without him.

"It's not any individuals - we've been doing very well as a team, and that's what you want.

"Stocky will get the plaudits, but he's made a good partnership with (Arsenal loanee) John Spicer.

Brian Stock
Brian Stock has weighed in with four goals this season
"Together with Garreth O'Connor, they've all taken on more responsibility since Carl left and they've been outstanding."

Cummings even got on the scoresheet himself against Vale, as the 'stepover' corner routine that has become familiar to Cherries fans produced a goal.

"We do that sort of corner all the time," the Scottish left-back admitted.

"Unfortunately I hadn't scored from it before now, although I've had enough attempts - but this time, for some reason I sidefooted the ball and it went in.

"To win 4-0 was impressive but it could have been more - although you can't really expect anyone to sustain what we'd done in the first hour of the game, as they put all their men behind the ball, trying to stop a rout.

"But it's important to keep a clean sheet as it gives everyone confidence, (keeper) Neil Moss especially."

However, with the league table as tight as it is, Cummings insists that Bournemouth will not be resting on their laurels - with a long trip to Torquay on Tuesday the next obstacle.

"The manager's said to us to be confident but not complacent, but we know we can beat anyone in this division," he explained.

"It's not going to be easy to get goals like we did against Port Vale, but if we can keep the momentum going there's no reason we can't go further in the table than we already have."

Coca-Cola Football League One Table
30 January 2010 17:06
    P GD PTS
1 Norwich 29 34 63
2 Leeds 27 29 60

3 Charlton 28 20 55
4 Colchester 27 13 49
5 Swindon 26 8 48
6 Millwall 28 11 46

7 Huddersfield 26 20 45
8 MK Dons 28 4 43
9 Bristol Rovers 26 -3 38
10 Brentford 27 -3 34
11 Southampton 27 15 33
12 Carlisle 26 -3 33
13 Walsall 25 1 32
14 Yeovil 28 -5 31
15 Southend 28 -7 31
16 Hartlepool 29 -10 31
17 Leyton Orient 27 -10 31
18 Exeter 29 -11 30
19 Gillingham 28 -7 29
20 Brighton 27 -13 28

21 Oldham 25 -10 26
22 Tranmere 27 -22 26
23 Wycombe 29 -22 23
24 Stockport 27 -29 16

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