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Arter: Work rate got us the three points

Posted: Mon 12 Nov 2012
Author: Kelly Somers

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Harry Arter may have bagged the decisive goal for the Cherries on Saturday, but the midfielder believes the three points were the result of the entire team’s effort and hard work.

Arter’s 38th minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides at the Keepmoat Stadium, but particularly in the second period, the home side piled pressure on the Cherries as they searched for an equaliser.
 
The 22-year-old believes that the way in which the Cherries worked as a team to see out the victory ensured the in-form side travelled back to Dorset with maximum points.
 
“We knew the direct threat that Doncaster were going to pose before the game with two big lads up front,” he told afcb.co.uk. “They look for knock downs. But for all of their possession, they didn’t really have any clear cut chances.
 
“So credit to the back four and to Macca. In fact the whole team worked really hard, and work rate got us the three points definitely.”
 
Signed by Eddie Howe during his previous spell in charge, the manager has made no secret of his admiration for Arter, but has also told the midfielder that he needs to add more goals to his game.
 
Arter now has three for the season, but admits his potshot on Saturday was not one of his finest.
 
“The gaffer said he wants me to score more goals and I am playing in more of an advanced role, so I need to either chip in with some goals or set some up, so it was pleasing to do one of these.
 
“It wasn’t the best goal I will ever score - if I’m being honest it was a little bit of luck to. Their player was a little bit unlucky not to get the ball off me. It landed at my feet, I took a touch and just hit it.”
 
The midfielder was also keen to pay tribute to his central midfield partner Shaun MacDonald, who Arter believes has been just as instrumental to the Cherries recent plight.
 
“Macca is an attacking midfielder as well but he is playing in a much deeper role, and a lot of his work goes unnoticed to be honest with you.
 
“In a way I get the limelight because I have scored the goals, but if Macca wasn’t behind me then it probably wouldn’t enable me to get in those positions.
 
“The job he is doing is not only important for me, but also for the team.”