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Sunday 22 July 2018

Marc Pugh confident Bournemouth can build on Birmingham win

Marc Pugh is hoping Bournemouth can add to their goal tally
Marc Pugh is hoping Bournemouth can add to their goal tally

Marc Pugh believes Bournemouth can build on their victory over Birmingham and get back to their best in front of goal.

The Cherries beat the Sky Bet Championship side 2-1 at St Andrew's on Tuesday night to book a place in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Ryan Fraser and Pugh bagged second-half goals, after Maikel Kieftenbeld's opener for the Blues, to secure Bournemouth's first win of the season.

Eddie Howe's side failed to score in their opening two Premier League fixtures against West Brom and Watford but Pugh reckons the goals - and victories - will come.

Speaking on the club's official website, Pugh said: "A win is a win, to get that winning habit is an amazing thing and exactly what we needed - a confidence boost.

"We needed to create chances and we did that, even going a goal behind we showed character to bounce back.

"I think creating chances was key, in the two Premier League games we've played we haven't looked like scoring."

Jermain Defoe made his debut on Tuesday and, despite failing to get on the scoresheet, Pugh is confident he can add even more threat to Bournemouth's attack.

Pugh added: "Jermain looked threatening, forcing the keeper into saves, and once we scored the first goal we looked more like our usual selves."

Pugh was one of eight changes from the 2-0 defeat to Watford and the midfielder will be hoping to remain in the starting line-up for Saturday's clash against Manchester City.

"You train every day but getting 90 minutes is important," he said.

"You can't beat the match experience, when you're tired it affects your decision-making and when your legs are tired it's mentally challenging and your decision-making is affected.

"I'm really proud of my team-mates, particularly those who haven't played a lot for rising to the challenge and getting the win."

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