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Bournemouth is FIFTEEN undefeated, but Parker ‘doesn’t care about the records’ cherries are setting

Bournemouth is rock solid at the top of the Championship after being undefeated in FIFTEEN matches … but Scott Parker insists he is ‘not concerned with records’ after the best start ever

  • Bournemouth remains undefeated in the Championship after beating Reading 2-0
  • The Cherries are enjoying their best start to the season and are close to more records
  • Scott Parker does not get carried away while his side tightens the lead


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Scott Parker continues to insist that setting new records doesn’t really bother him, but there’s no denying that the numbers are mounting up nicely for Bournemouth.

An undefeated 15th game means this is now the club’s best start in a league campaign, breaking a previous benchmark that had stood for 60 years. Liverpool are the only other undefeated team in England’s four main divisions and have played five fewer games.

Saturday night’s success at Reading means it’s 11 wins out of those 15, including wins in each of Bournemouth’s last five and nine of their last 10.

Bournemouth is five points clear in the Championship after beating Ready on Saturday

Bournemouth is five points clear in the Championship after beating Ready on Saturday

Scott Parker's side look setup for a dominant season, but the coach doesn't get too excited

Scott Parker's side look setup for a dominant season, but the coach doesn't get too excited

Scott Parker’s side look setup for a dominant season, but the coach doesn’t get too excited

Throw in nine clean sheets too – they didn’t concede 672 minutes away from home in the league and only let eight in total – and you start to understand the Cherries’ five-point cushion at the top and the nine-point cushion at the top. third.

For Parker, it’s turning into an intriguing promotion fight with Fulham, the club he left in the summer following relegation from the Premier League to take on a new challenge on the South Coast.

Perhaps your caution comes from an appreciation of history. In 1961-62, when the club had the more unwieldy name of Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic, that brilliant start translated into a third-place finish in the old third division, not good enough for promotion.

Dominic Solanke was on the roster alongside Jamal Lowe for the Cherries in a 2-0 win.

Dominic Solanke was on the roster alongside Jamal Lowe for the Cherries in a 2-0 win.

Dominic Solanke was on the roster alongside Jamal Lowe for the Cherries in a 2-0 win.

A more recent warning comes from Brighton, who were undefeated in their first 21 matches in 2015-16 only to finish third.

I’m not overly concerned with records. This division is long, ”Parker said. But it is no small thing to do what we have done. I am very proud.’

There is an integrity and an efficiency on Parker’s side that suggests they won’t be disappointed in May. It all came to light in Reading, where they had to weather an early storm that really should have seen them fall behind before gradually gaining control.

Dominic Solanke, with his twelfth goal of the season, topped them just before half-time and Jamal Lowe sealed the points a couple of minutes after Parker interposed it.

Bournemouth is having its best start to the season of all time, breaking a 60-year record

Bournemouth is having its best start to the season of all time, breaking a 60-year record

Bournemouth is having its best start to the season of all time, breaking a 60-year record

While Bournemouth has all the makings of a Parker team, fast wingers and everyone comfortable with possession, this victory owes so much to the firmness of their baseline, including 35-year-old Gary Cahill. Signed free from Crystal Palace in the summer, he’s forging a formidable partnership with 23-year-old Lloyd Kelly.

“Gary Cahill brings great titles, the Champions League, he smelled it, he got the jersey,” Parker said. ‘He understands what you have to do over the course of a season. It’s huge for guys with that voice, he’s lived it and he’s done it.

“ When the opportunity arises to sign Cahill, there are some who are just obvious. Gary ticks all the boxes and he’s a huge player for us. ‘

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