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GOMEZ KNOWS BOURNEMOUTH ARE TOUGH

Gomez runs away after following in saved penalty in last season's FA Cup third round tie at the DW Stadium.

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14:58 15th August 2013

by Nick Taylor

Midfielder recalls FA Cup ties and warns of bounce-back from Cherries’ 6-1 defeat at Watford.

Jordi Gomez was an influential figure in the two FA Cup third round ties last season against Saturday’s opponents AFC Bournemouth, scoring the goal which sent Latics into a replay at Dean Court.

This weekend will mark Latics’ first league visit to Bournemouth in 12 years and Gomez believes it will be another tough test against the Cherries.

“Last season we played them in two very difficult games because they like to keep the ball and play which made it hard to stop them.

“We went through which was the main thing but they showed that they are a very good team and well suited to the Championship which is where they have ended up.

“Bournemouth won their first game at home so we need to be careful because we know that’s where they are strong.”

Last weekend as Latics prepared for the Community Shield against Manchester United, Bournemouth were beaten 6-1 by Watford, a result which Gomez sees spurring Latics’ opponents on.

“We’ve got to make sure we are ready to match Bournemouth because they’ll want to show their supporters the same quality that had in their first game of the season, especially after their result against Watford.

“They had a tough result last week against Watford but they were drawing 1-1 at half time and there wasn’t much splitting the teams then.

“Watford got some goals in quick succession, but I don’t think the result necessarily reflects how the game on Saturday is going to go.

“Having said that, we’ll be looking to play just as well as we did against Barnsley and hopefully we can have a similar outcome.”

Reflecting on Latics’ start to the season, Gomez said the team are ready and in good shape.

“We’re on the right track in terms of our aim of getting back into the Premier League and we need to keep doing this well.

“Everyone has been training really well and the team as a whole are in a very good place.

“Our focus now has firmly turned towards the league and we’ll go into the game on Saturday with the same mentality as we did going to Barnsley.”

Gomez also ensured that the Community Shield hasn’t hampered any preparations.

“The Community Shield hasn’t affected us too much in terms of getting ready for Bournemouth.

“It was a nice distraction for us because it’s always nice to play at Wembley Stadium and it brought back good memories for us from May.”

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