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Thursday 23 March 2017

Arter determined to stay in boss Howe's plans

Harry Arter.
Harry Arter.

Ireland international Harry Arter says he will do all he can to make sure he's not dropped by Bournemouth again.

Arter was left out of the starting XI at one stage by Cherries boss Eddie Howe, though he has started in their last two games.

Because his club are out of the FA Cup, there's no action for Arter this weekend. Next up for them is a meeting with West Brom next weekend, but the 27-year-old did not like his spell on the bench.

"I probably didn't take it as well as some players do. I was very disappointed. But the way I went about my work was to get my head down, work hard and try to get back in the team," Arter told the Bournemouth Daily Echo.

"I didn't say too much to the manager. I understand it's a game, people have to sit out sometimes. I used my disappointment as my motivation to try to make sure it doesn't happen to me again."

A return of one point from the last five Premier League games is a concern, though Arter feels his side can do well if they repeat their level of performance in their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.

"There were some key moments in the game that went against us - and moments like that are huge," he said.

"Before the game the manager said if we were to have a chance of getting anything it would be through pure hard work. I thought we delivered that in abundance, there wasn't one player who didn't give his all. But if we play like that for the rest of the season, and all it is, is work-rate, I have no doubt we will be fine."

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