I think Bournemouth has enough to be competitive at this level

I think Bournemouth has enough to be competitive at this level

I think Bournemouth has enough to be competitive at this level

Interim boss Gary O’Neil believes the Bournemouth side are good enough to be competitive at Premier League level after life without Scott Parker began with a goalless draw against Wolves.

Parker was sacked on Tuesday after claiming that the Cherries side are “ill-equipped” for top-flight football in the aftermath of Saturday’s record-breaking 9-0 defeat by Liverpool.

The south coast club produced a resilient response to Anfield’s awkwardness and change of manager, although the winless Wolves wasted two excellent chances in the final at Vitality Stadium and even hit the crossbar before being mocked by the support in away from home.

Caretaker O’Neil said he didn’t “have time to breathe” during some whirlwind days, but he was proud of his tough side’s efforts and is optimistic about the future.

He said: “Did I expect my first game (under management) to be in the Premier League after a tough defeat? No I did not.

“I had 36 hours to think about it and I used all 36 hours to think.

“The underlying feeling is proud of what they have produced and we hope we can improve some parts.

“It all moved pretty fast and I didn’t really have time to breathe or gauge where we are.

“As a group, they are the most honest, hardworking, together and relentless group I’ve ever been involved with, even in my playing career.

“You can throw everything at them and they will never stop. And I think we have enough to be competitive at this level ”.

Bournemouth split from Parker just four games of the new season and three days after his heartfelt comments following the humiliation on Merseyside.

Cherry owner Maxim Demin cited conflict over the club’s strategy and concerns over respect when he fired the man behind last season’s promotion, rather than an instinctive reaction to the worst joint defeat in Premier League history.

O’Neil is unsure how long he will remain in the hot spot, but will now begin preparations for Saturday’s trip to newly promoted Nottingham Forest after stopping the team’s three-game losing streak.

“It was a tough result over the weekend and changes in the week,” O’Neil continued. “Being able to come out and show the fans, that they have been excellent, that we are still together has been a big plus for us.

“Every point in the Premier League, especially when you are a newly promoted team, is a hard-fought point.”

Frustrated Wolves boss Bruno Lage has insisted he won’t press new signing Sasa Kalajdzic to fix his struggling team’s troubles under the door.

The Wanderers have dominated Dorset but have now drawn three times this season as their winning streak has expanded to 12 games in the top flight.

Austrian international Kalajdzic completed a £ 15m transfer from German club Stuttgart on Wednesday and could be available for the weekend’s clash with Southampton.

“We are very happy, not just for him,” said Lage, who saw Raul Jimenez and Daniel Podence wasting chances late after Matheus Nunes hit the crossbar early on.

“I will not pressure him just to score goals; goals should come from everywhere. It is not just an individual job.

“We didn’t score, we’re frustrated. This is no time to cry for the chances we haven’t scored. I think we deserved more.

“We know we need points, points come from goals, goals come from good performances and chances like the ones we created today.

“I can’t score goals, but I can prepare the team to play with a dynamic that can create chances and score goals.”

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