AFC Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick believes they can completely focus on survival in the Premier League after their FA Cup exit.
The Cherries’ leadsman completed his first 90 minutes in Saturday’s match (2-0 defeat by Everton) after missing four months of the season due to an operation on his ankle.
His first return to action was playing 76 minutes in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Portsmouth at the end of January.
In an interview with BBC Radio Solent, the defender said that even though it is a disappointing result, the silver lining from the cup defeat is that they are now able to give it their all for the league.
He states that there are players in the squad who are fit again after injury and that the whole team is ready to push in the good direction.
Elphick, 28, told the AFCB website that he is fit and ready to pursue his spot in Eddie Howe’s starting eleven again.
After defeat to Arsenal and Stoke City, Bournemouth’s Premier League campaign continues with games against Watford and Southampton followed by visiting Newcastle United and welcoming Swansea City.
The Cherries are currently number 15 in the league table, three places above the relegation zone.
Stand in captain Simon Francis mentioned in conversation with the Daily Echo that they have been in situations before where they had to fight for promotion.
According to him, that is as much of a pressure situation as the one the club is now in.
The defender continues by saying that being out of the relegation zone is a good position to be in and that the squad will not let setbacks affect them.
This Saturday at 15:00 the Cherries will return to the Premier League, visiting Watford who are 9th in the table. Read all about the match here on Nerve!