Bournemouth boss Lee Bradbury targets top-five finish

Lee Bradbury
Bradbury replaced Eddie Howe as Cherries boss in January 2011

Bournemouth boss Lee Bradbury wants to secure a top-five finish in League One to increase their chances of success in the play-offs.

The sixth-placed Cherries sit three points behind MK Dons and if they overtake them will face Peterborough rather than Huddersfield.

"We want to finish as high as possible, it will change who we play in the play-offs," Bradbury told BBC Radio Solent.

"We're going to Rochdale wanting to win and get into fifth place."

Bournemouth won promotion from League Two last season with Bradbury making 47 appearances for the club as a striker.

But the Cherries forward hung up his boots in January to replace Eddie Howe as Bournemouth manager and he says he has had to adapt quickly to his new role.

"You've got to learn quickly in this game and I have, it's been a good journey for me so far and I'm really looking forward to the play-off games now," he said.

"I always thought I'd have good man management and hopefully the players like me and respect me, which I'm sure they do.

"They had a big say in me getting the job, they wanted me to get it, which is great for me and hopefully that hasn't changed.

"Three weeks ago I gave them a challenge to go to the Rochdale game having already concreted ourselves in the play-offs, that was our short term aim and we've achieved that, so it's fantastic."