Scott Parker: “It’s a cup competition and it’s one where we want to win the game”

Bournemouth Press Lounge

MK Dons arrive on the South coast this Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Carabao Cup and Cherries boss, Scott Parker, isn’t taking the competition lightly.

Despite the rearranged tie creeping into July, Parker sees the game as both an opportunity to get more minutes ahead of the league opener with West Brom, but also a competitive match that he wants to win.

“I like the competition.

“It’s a cup competition and it’s one where we want to win the game and go on a run. 

“It’s our last pre-season game or would be our last pre-season game, but it is a competitive one – it sounds cliche but we want to win every game we go into,” explained the Bournemouth head coach.

Parker isn’t underestimating the opposition either. The former Fulham man has played against the Dons in his time at the London club and was full of praise for Russell Martin side.

He continued: “They are a very good side. 

“Russell has done a very good job in terms of that. 

“They have a real clear identity in the way they play with their ball possession and it is going to be a tough game for us. 

“You saw that last year, I think they had a cup run against some good teams and did very well. 

“I played against them in a behind closed door game for Fulham and saw them first hand, they are a good side.”

The Dons have lost both of their pre-season games so far, both 3-1 defeats, to Bristol City and Tottenham, but Parker knows the danger his side face and is not going to take any risks as he seeks to progress to the next round.

“I watched them last night against Spurs. 

“They are a good side and we need to be fully prepared for what we are facing,” Parker added.

The game will be Parker’s first competitive game for his new club and just the second at Vitality Stadium and is hoping there will be a good atmosphere.

He said: “I am looking forward to it to be fair. 

“I thought the other night against Chelsea was a great opener for me here for the fans and the team as well. 

“Hopefully this place can get bouncing a little bit and we can get through the next round.”