Defender Steve Cook believes Bournemouth will regain top form in tomorrow’s home Premier League clash with Sunderland.
The Cherries, on four points from five games, will go five points clear of the Black Cats if they land a second top-flight victory – though Cook acknowledges that the south coast side must improve on last week’s dismal performance in a 3-1 defeat at Norwich.
“We are five games in and we don’t need to start panicking and questioning the ability of players,” said Cook.
“We remain very positive that we can bounce back this weekend.
“We knew the challenges we would face this year and that losing games would be one of them.
“We were all hurting and disappointed after Norwich and we need to use those emotions to spur us on.
“The lads have worked very hard this week and, hopefully, that sort of performance won’t happen again too often.”
Centre-back Cook, 24, bagged Bournemouth’s consolation goal at Carrow Road, but admitted to the Bournemouth Daily Echo: “Yes, I scored but, unfortunately, it didn’t mean a thing.
“It is a shame that it didn’t provide a memorable moment for me as, of course, everyone wants to score in the Premier League – that’s the best place to do it.
“It was definitely not as I imagined it.
“While it was nice to score, I prefer to do it when we get a result. To be honest, I didn’t think about the goal whatsoever after the game.
“Hopefully, I’ll get another chance to score for the team in better circumstances.”
Cook accepted blame for the loss of the crucial opener, scored by Cameron Jerome, and added: “When you make a poor judgment, you get punished and, unfortunately, I did that and that set the tone for the rest of the game, which was disappointing.
“There is a bit of frustration for me there because I know I shouldn’t have made that mistake but, hopefully, I’ll get the chance to rectify that.”
Bournemouth have lost 1-0 to Aston Villa and drawn 1-1 with Leicester in their first two home Premier games.