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Inside Story: Andrew Surman on consistency, taking a weekend off and building a fortress

Posted: Sat 16 Jan 2016

At the start of the season one of my aims was to play every game that I could, so to be involved in all of them so far has been massive for me.

Fortunately, touch wood, I’ve been injury free so long may it continue!

I had the weekend off with the FA Cup, which was a good opportunity to rest and make the most of. I would play in every game if I could, but obviously the gaffer has to rotate things and give other lads some minutes.

Compared to the Football League you do get more recovery time in this league, but sometimes that can be worse because if you lose you’ve got longer to wait to put it right.
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Also, the kick-off times are more prone to changing in the Premier League. Sometimes we play at 5pm then 1pm or 3pm. So that can disrupt the preparation and make it a bit tricky.

Obviously we’ve got a normal 3pm kick off this weekend, against my former team Norwich. I have a couple of people back there that I still speak with, one of which is the kit man who I get on with really well. 

I think they’ve had a half decent season, probably in quite a similar pattern to us. They are in and around us in the league table so all the lads know it’s an important game, as they all are at this stage.
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You can fall into a trap in the Premier League where by you look at games against teams at the bottom of the league thinking you should win. But every team has players that can turn a game on its head.

Obviously with West Ham we weren’t at our best, but we were winning 1-0 and then out of nothing they had one player bang a free-kick in the top corner and then set up the second. Every team has players that can hurt you, so we have to prepare right for every match.

As well as the game against West Ham, this week has been busy bedding in the new arrivals. They have all done really well so far. Grabbs has been here before so that was easy, and Benik and Juan did really well on Tuesday. 

They will bring more competition to the squad and keep all of the lads on their toes. It’s a bit of a different one with Juan because of the language barrier. Quite often in football you are trying to communicate a lot of information very quickly, so that can be tricky.
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But he has shown in training that he is a top player and I think he brings a new dimension to our team, which we need. I am sure as the season goes on we will begin to see more and more of him.

Tomorrow brings another home game and I am sure that every team will have looked at their games at the beginning of the season and said that they have to win their home games. 

For us, I think a lot of people will look at coming here and not really relish it. It’s a small place, the atmosphere is electric, the fans are close to the pitch and we play with a high intensity.  

We've got the crowd behind us and are in our usual settings, so there are a lot of advantages to it. In most of our games here we have played well but just not turned those performances into results. Hopefully that’s something we now begin to do, starting tomorrow.
Cherries Player HD subscribers can also see Andrew Surman speak exclusively about facing his former club here.