Bournemouth manager Jonathan Woodgate has spoken on some of the key decisions he must take in the lead-up to this season’s Championship play-offs.
Reading’s draw with Swansea on Sunday mathematically confirmed the Cherries’s spot in this year’s top six, along with Swansea, Brentford and Barnsley despite having two games left to play.
With two seemingly trivial games remaining, Woodgate’s men have the chance to gain momentum by facing off against bottom-half sides Stoke City and Wycombe Wanderers ahead of the real crunch ties in May.
Woodgate said: “I think the key now is you want momentum but you also want to keep your best players fit. It’s going to be interesting, we have got big decisions to make really, regarding the next few games.
“You want to win as many games as you can. I want to keep momentum but then I want players to be fit for the real crunch games.”
The Cherries will certainly fancy their chances of completing a hat-trick of teams earning promotion straight back to the topflight this season, after Norwich City and Watford were recently declared out of reach in the automatic spots.
Bournemouth have one of the strongest squads relative to their play-off competition. A 73 goal haul is the joint-highest in the division this season, while the likes of Dominic Solanke and Arnaut Danjuma have lit up the Championship with 15 goals apiece.
However, they also have the highest goals conceded in the top five, shipping at least one goal in each of their last five games.
Certainly, an area of concentration for Woodgate will be tightening up at the back as they gear up for a tense play-off battle with lucrative rewards.