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Groves hails Harry's influence

9 September 2012

Bournemouth manager Paul Groves said it was "a pleasure" to be in the company of Harry Redknapp after his side's 1-0 victory at Yeovil.

Redknapp, who was sacked by Tottenham this summer, has taken on an advisory role with the Cherries. Despite keeping a low-profile in the stands, Redknapp's magic shone onto the pitch as Richard Hughes fired a first-half in free-kick to give Bournemouth their first victory of the season.

"Harry has supported us, been around the camp and travelled on the bus with us here. He made comments to myself about how we've played," said Groves.

"He's a fantastic football man and it's a pleasure to be in his company. I know and trust him, he's a great football person and his knowledge is second to none. The way he is as a person and the way he interacts with the players is fantastic."

Groves added: "The last two games we've created a lot of chances. We felt we didn't get what we deserved against Portsmouth, but here we've dominated the game and got a clean sheet.

"I'm delighted for the fans who have travelled to Sheffield, Portsmouth and Yeovil over the last week or so, and it's fantastic for the players because they deserve that with the way they've been playing."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson had no complaints about the result and insists his young team will learn from the defeat.

"I can't argue about the result, my complaints are with the team and the way we played," said Johnson.

"We've had a great start so far this season and picked up some great results, but here we were second best.

"Mentally and physically we were below-par, but you don't lose faith in the players overnight. We've been beaten but we've been best in most of our games so far. Sometimes you've just got to hold your hands up."

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