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No white flag from Groves

3 October 2012

Under-fire Bournemouth boss Paul Groves insisted he would not be resigning following his side's 3-1 loss at Crawley - their third successive defeat.

Bournemouth have slipped to fifth from bottom in npower League One having won only one of 12 games this season. But Groves, who took over the reins on a permanent basis in May, expressed his desire to turn around the club's fortunes.

Responding to being questioned on the pressure he was under, Groves said: "There is always pressure and you hurt. But you keep working. I'm not resigning. In football you don't quit because you are doing the work.

"We have lost key people and it's important that people take responsibility on the pitch.''

Groves was unhappy with the manner in which his side conceded in the first half as Crawley led with goals from Hope Akpan and Joe Walsh.

He added: "It was two set-plays and two goals, and that can't happen. We have conceded four goals from the last two games from set plays and that is very difficult to accept. Yet we spent all day last week working on set-plays.''

Lee Barnard gave Bournemouth hope of a revival by scoring soon after the break, but Nicky Adams sealed Crawley's comfortable victory with their third goal midway through the second half.

Crawley's second successive win lifted them up to third and manager Richie Barker described it as a clinical performance. He said: "It's nice to be heard and we certainly would have taken that at the start of the season. We sat with a game plan to win the ball in certain areas and we are almost set-up to be a counter-attacking team.

"Our last 10 goals have been scored by non-strikers and that's a stat I like."

Crawley are set to be without defender Claude Davis after he was forced off at half-time with a recurrence of a hip injury. Barker said: "We're rapidly running out of central defenders and this is a blow as Davis was earlier out for three weeks with a similar injury."

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