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Ritchie: It's an important run in, we have to come back fighting

Posted: Sat 13 Feb 2016

AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Ritchie is looking ahead to the run-in after the defeat to Stoke City.

The Potters took a ninth minute lead through new signing Giannelli Imbula, before two goals in quick succession following the interval saw Mark Hughes’ men storm into a 3-0 lead, before half-time substitute Ritchie salvaged a goal for the Cherries. 

Eddie Howe’s side remain 15th in the Barclays Premier League table, five points above the drop and Ritchie is eager for the Cherries to bounce back in the closing stages of the season. 

"There’s a big 12 games going into the end of the season now," he told BBC Radio Solent. 

"It’s an important run-in. We’ve got to make sure we’re on it, both individually and as a team. 

"We’re really disappointed with today’s result, but hopefully next week we can work hard and come back fighting."

Despite the result, the 26-year-old has stated how he can still take encouragement from the game after scoring his first goal since October. 

"If there is a positive to take from today, it’s the goal," he continued. 

"We got one back and had another good chance shortly after when Joshua King put one across the box and on another day, if that goes in it could be a nervy ten minutes going into the final whistle for Stoke. 

"But it wasn’t to be today and we have to bounce back next week."

Words by Zoe Rundle