Francis insists hard work ahead

15 March 2017 14:47:40 EST

Bournemouth skipper Simon Francis says the club are aiming for successive victories to help keep them clear of the relegation zone.

With few Premier League matches last weekend due to the FA Cup quarter-finals, the Cherries were in action and took advantage, beating West Ham 3-2 in a thrilling game.

We've not been looking behind us but you can't help notice those teams have been picking up points.

Simon Francis

The Hammers equalised late on through Andre Ayew, a goal that looked to have secured the visitors a point.

However, Bournemouth scored in the last minute, Joshua King getting his hat-trick with a goal that ensured the Cherries first victory of 2017 and crucially, it put distance between them and the bottom three.

Hull City also won at the weekend, beating Swansea and Marco Silva's side are third bottom on 24 points.

Bournemouth's vital three points pushed them up to 30 for the season and they now have a six-point cushion.

Francis said it was vital that Eddie Howe's side got that win at the weekend, but added they needed to push on and secure the necessary points for survival sooner rather later.

He said: "We need those back-to-back wins. They can take you from looking behind you to looking ahead of you.

"We've not been looking behind us but you can't help notice those teams have been picking up points.

"While a lot of people outside the club have been saying we are in a relegation battle, we are trying to stay confident, look ahead of us and see who we can catch."

The need for another victory at the weekend is highlighted by the fact they play Swansea, another side in the bottom half who will draw level with the Cherries on 30 points if they win on the south coast.

Bournemouth are 23/20 to win on Saturday with the Swans 13/5 and the draw 5/2.

The Cherries are priced at 2000/1 to be relegated at the end of the season.

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