The international break is behind us now – the season picks up again this Saturday when we face the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium.
It’s our first visit to AFC Bournemouth in over six years – the season where a Yann Kermorgant-led Cherries side negotiated their way to the league title.
But we’re back in the Championship together now… Jason Tindall’s side are just two points behind us in the early running.
A talent-strewn squad will certainly offer us a tough game this Saturday when we make the lunchtime visit to the south coast.
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Long-standing manager Eddie Howe left the helm in the summer following relegation from the top tier; Jason Tindall, his assistant throughout, took the reins. And it has been a good start so far for the Cherries as a star-studded squad look to make an instant return to the Premier League.
They were the last professional club in the country to finally lose their unbeaten record – just days after our run was ended by Coventry, Bournemouth were defeated 1-0 by Sheffield Wednesday.
But that’s the only real blot on the landscape for the south-coast side, who have five wins and five draws so far otherwise – they won their last outing, 3-1 away at Birmingham.
Leigh Doughty takes charge of just his fifth Championship outing this Saturday – his first match involving either of these two teams.
It has been a sharp rise for the official, who was a National League referee until 18 months ago – he oversaw the play-off semi-final where Salford defeated Eastleigh en route to the EFL, and last year was spread across Leagues One and Two and included taking a League Two play-off semi between Northampton and Cheltenham.
Assisting Mr Doughty are linesmen Mark Russell and George Byrne, as well as fourth official Gavin Ward.
A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to any of our home or away fixtures while games remain behind closed doors, so supporters must not travel to stadia on matchdays.
We can’t wait to see you all soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.