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Baudry tips Cherries for success

Posted: Mon 04 Mar 2013
Author: Mick Cunningham

Former Cherries defender Mathieu Baudry keeps a close eye on Brett Pitman

Image by: Mick Cunningham

Mathieu Baudry may of played a major role in Leyton Orient's defeat of Bournemouth, but still backs the Cherries in their promotion hunt.

The French defender left Bournemouth in the summer and has played a major part in the O's rise up the table.
During the 90 minutes on Saturday, his only thoughts were to help the O’s to three points, but Baudry admitted that Bournemouth will always have a special place in his heart.
“When the whistle goes, it’s just about winning the game,” Baudry told “I admit though, it was very special. Bournemouth is a club that will always mean a great deal to me.
“I made a point to go over to the Bournemouth supporters because they were always great to me. It was nice to see so many people from Bournemouth - staff, players and supporters.”
Analysing the performance of the home side, Baudry felt they deserved the win and was pleased to have a hand in one of the goals.
“I thought we played very well and it was a good performance. I was a bit lucky with the goal, but it was very pleasing after a bad week for us.
“We had lost two league games and missed out on a place at Wembley in the JPT. So to get a draw at Sheffield United and then beat such a good side like Bournemouth means I’m buzzing.
“We had to be at 100 per cent against Bournemouth. You can’t afford to switch off for a second, even when we were 2-0 up. There is quality all over the pitch and we had to keep our focus and that’s what we did.”
Despite being on the winning side, Baudry still tips Bournemouth to finish the season strongly and challenge for a promotion place.
“I am really surprised that Bournemouth have had this spell. They have done so well to be in the position they are in.
“I think it’s normal for any team to have a time when they lose games, but I am sure that with the manager, they will work on it and come back strongly.
“I am still sure that they will go up this season. I was 100 per cent sure that they would go up automatically, but after this spell, it will be more difficult.
“With the quality at the club, I believe they will start winning again soon and they are still my favourites to get promoted.
“I know it’s not easy after losing four games on the spin, but I think they just need a win and they can build on it and they should be there at the end."