Fletcher wary of play-offs
Bournemouth striker Steve Fletcher admits he does not want to have to go through the play-offs this season.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 08/04/10 11:05pm
Bournemouth's long-serving striker Steve Fletcher admits he does not want to have to go through the play-offs this season, despite the fond memories he has from previous experiences in them.
The 37-year-old scored the opener in the South Coast club's 5-2 triumph over Lincoln City in the 2002/03 League Two play-off final at the Millennium Stadium.
However, he knows the Cherries would only have themselves to blame if they missed out on automatic promotion this season, with the club currently six points clear of the chasing pack.
"We would only have ourselves to blame if we did miss out on automatic promotion, despite the conditions we've been under, with the small squad and the transfer embargo, but the same side got us in the position that we are in," Fletcher told skysports.com.
"We didn't make any excuses when we were winning, so we won't do them when things aren't going right for us.
"I've been in the play-offs before with this club and the euphoria that went with it was amazing, when we beat Lincoln 5-2 in the final and it was one of the most memorable games of my 21-year career.
"However, if you don't go on and win it then the play-offs are one of the worst feelings of your career because the whole season boils down to one game.
"I know that there are great benefits from getting through to the final, with a trip to Wembley and it is a magical way to get promoted, but I'd take automatic promotion any day."