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AFC Bournemouth: Cherries could be a Championship force says Howe (with video)

Bournemouth Echo: BOSS: Eddie Howe BOSS: Eddie Howe

EDDIE Howe believes Cherries have the potential to be “a force to be reckoned with” in the second half of the season – providing they can keep progressing.

Boss Howe says he has been encouraged by recent performances as Cherries have continued to find their feet following promotion to the Championship.

He told the Daily Echo: “I think we have seen a gradual improvement in the team throughout the season, not just in results, but in level of performance. When you looked at our early games, we had some good results by being a little backs-to-the-wall at times.

“We have been more progressive and attack-minded in the latter stages of the first half of the season and had some consistent performances, which is the pleasing thing.

“I think we have been very good in the past six or seven games and been the dominant team in most. They are good signs and if we could continue that progression and improvement, then we could be a real force to be reckoned with.”

Howe knows Cherries’ credentials will face a stern test when they meet Wigan at the DW Stadium on Saturday (3pm). The Latics have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes since Uwe Rosler replaced Owen Coyle as manager last month.

“They have been excellent and their recent run of results have been very impressive,” said Howe. “Uwe is very organised and has certainly motivated the squad. They look like they are an improved outfit.

“They have kept together the majority of the FA Cup-winning team and have one of the strongest squads in the league. They are now getting the results to match so it will definitely be a difficult test for us.

“Our recent form has been good and we had a really impressive performance against Brighton. But for the late goal, it would have been a great day.

“We will be looking to repeat the level of performance we displayed over the festive period because we are in good form.”

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7:56pm Thu 9 Jan 14

holdinkæft says...

Told you so
Its a learning curve.
Howe is learning.
We just need to keep Pugh, Francis and Pitman out of the starting lineup.
Most of the goals we let in goes throu Francis, another one last week.
Told you so Its a learning curve. Howe is learning. We just need to keep Pugh, Francis and Pitman out of the starting lineup. Most of the goals we let in goes throu Francis, another one last week. holdinkæft
  • Score: -25

8:11pm Thu 9 Jan 14

raybren says...

I agree with Eddie , we are now just a couple of quality signings away from being a really strong Championship side . May I just add a point or two to the Rantie debate . TK has only been here 5 minutes and judgements are being made , surely he deserves more time to prove himself ? I suppose his detractors have always been an instant success in all that they have done in life !
I agree with Eddie , we are now just a couple of quality signings away from being a really strong Championship side . May I just add a point or two to the Rantie debate . TK has only been here 5 minutes and judgements are being made , surely he deserves more time to prove himself ? I suppose his detractors have always been an instant success in all that they have done in life ! raybren
  • Score: 10

8:24pm Thu 9 Jan 14

denisjames says...

Unless we can convert possession into goals it will remain just a dream
Unless we can convert possession into goals it will remain just a dream denisjames
  • Score: -7

9:21pm Thu 9 Jan 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

raybren wrote:
I agree with Eddie , we are now just a couple of quality signings away from being a really strong Championship side . May I just add a point or two to the Rantie debate . TK has only been here 5 minutes and judgements are being made , surely he deserves more time to prove himself ? I suppose his detractors have always been an instant success in all that they have done in life !
Raybren, I and a few others I feel are getting to be disappointed, he seems a great guy and we really want him to succeed but the stats don't lie.

No I haven't been an instant success in everything I've done in any way but TK has been here more than 5 minutes and is a professional striker so there are expectations. In his defence I'm not convinced that EH is playing to TK's strengths so far and feel he would flourish as part of a strike partnership.
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: I agree with Eddie , we are now just a couple of quality signings away from being a really strong Championship side . May I just add a point or two to the Rantie debate . TK has only been here 5 minutes and judgements are being made , surely he deserves more time to prove himself ? I suppose his detractors have always been an instant success in all that they have done in life ![/p][/quote]Raybren, I and a few others I feel are getting to be disappointed, he seems a great guy and we really want him to succeed but the stats don't lie. No I haven't been an instant success in everything I've done in any way but TK has been here more than 5 minutes and is a professional striker so there are expectations. In his defence I'm not convinced that EH is playing to TK's strengths so far and feel he would flourish as part of a strike partnership. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

10:34pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Solentcherry says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
raybren wrote:
I agree with Eddie , we are now just a couple of quality signings away from being a really strong Championship side . May I just add a point or two to the Rantie debate . TK has only been here 5 minutes and judgements are being made , surely he deserves more time to prove himself ? I suppose his detractors have always been an instant success in all that they have done in life !
Raybren, I and a few others I feel are getting to be disappointed, he seems a great guy and we really want him to succeed but the stats don't lie.

No I haven't been an instant success in everything I've done in any way but TK has been here more than 5 minutes and is a professional striker so there are expectations. In his defence I'm not convinced that EH is playing to TK's strengths so far and feel he would flourish as part of a strike partnership.
How long does someone need? I would reasonably assume that someone who is any good at scoring goals in a football match would start doing so fairly instantly. One goal in half a season doesn't strike me as being the return of a naturally gifted goalscorer. How long did it take Jermain Defoe for instance ?
Such players play to their own strengths.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: I agree with Eddie , we are now just a couple of quality signings away from being a really strong Championship side . May I just add a point or two to the Rantie debate . TK has only been here 5 minutes and judgements are being made , surely he deserves more time to prove himself ? I suppose his detractors have always been an instant success in all that they have done in life ![/p][/quote]Raybren, I and a few others I feel are getting to be disappointed, he seems a great guy and we really want him to succeed but the stats don't lie. No I haven't been an instant success in everything I've done in any way but TK has been here more than 5 minutes and is a professional striker so there are expectations. In his defence I'm not convinced that EH is playing to TK's strengths so far and feel he would flourish as part of a strike partnership.[/p][/quote]How long does someone need? I would reasonably assume that someone who is any good at scoring goals in a football match would start doing so fairly instantly. One goal in half a season doesn't strike me as being the return of a naturally gifted goalscorer. How long did it take Jermain Defoe for instance ? Such players play to their own strengths. Solentcherry
  • Score: 1

10:47pm Thu 9 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Solentcherry wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
raybren wrote:
I agree with Eddie , we are now just a couple of quality signings away from being a really strong Championship side . May I just add a point or two to the Rantie debate . TK has only been here 5 minutes and judgements are being made , surely he deserves more time to prove himself ? I suppose his detractors have always been an instant success in all that they have done in life !
Raybren, I and a few others I feel are getting to be disappointed, he seems a great guy and we really want him to succeed but the stats don't lie.

No I haven't been an instant success in everything I've done in any way but TK has been here more than 5 minutes and is a professional striker so there are expectations. In his defence I'm not convinced that EH is playing to TK's strengths so far and feel he would flourish as part of a strike partnership.
How long does someone need? I would reasonably assume that someone who is any good at scoring goals in a football match would start doing so fairly instantly. One goal in half a season doesn't strike me as being the return of a naturally gifted goalscorer. How long did it take Jermain Defoe for instance ?
Such players play to their own strengths.
As you have admitted , you haven't been a instant success in things that you have done, no this was in the comfort of your own Country in the company of your own people, now try this abroad and see how difficult it is, even simple things like finding your favourite food becomes more difficult. He is a player and with time it will come, beside all of us Cheeries fans are quick to say that Grabban doesn't score enough, Rantie can't find the net, the best teams don't have a highest goal scorer of the season as the goals come from all over the park, so if anything spread the blame about abit
[quote][p][bold]Solentcherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: I agree with Eddie , we are now just a couple of quality signings away from being a really strong Championship side . May I just add a point or two to the Rantie debate . TK has only been here 5 minutes and judgements are being made , surely he deserves more time to prove himself ? I suppose his detractors have always been an instant success in all that they have done in life ![/p][/quote]Raybren, I and a few others I feel are getting to be disappointed, he seems a great guy and we really want him to succeed but the stats don't lie. No I haven't been an instant success in everything I've done in any way but TK has been here more than 5 minutes and is a professional striker so there are expectations. In his defence I'm not convinced that EH is playing to TK's strengths so far and feel he would flourish as part of a strike partnership.[/p][/quote]How long does someone need? I would reasonably assume that someone who is any good at scoring goals in a football match would start doing so fairly instantly. One goal in half a season doesn't strike me as being the return of a naturally gifted goalscorer. How long did it take Jermain Defoe for instance ? Such players play to their own strengths.[/p][/quote]As you have admitted , you haven't been a instant success in things that you have done, no this was in the comfort of your own Country in the company of your own people, now try this abroad and see how difficult it is, even simple things like finding your favourite food becomes more difficult. He is a player and with time it will come, beside all of us Cheeries fans are quick to say that Grabban doesn't score enough, Rantie can't find the net, the best teams don't have a highest goal scorer of the season as the goals come from all over the park, so if anything spread the blame about abit cheeriedriteup
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6:24am Fri 10 Jan 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

^
In response to cheeriedriteup:
What I acuallyI said was 'I haven't beeen an instant success in "everything" I've ever done', which I'm sure goes for most of us.

Onto TK I take on board your comments, foreign country, goals from all over the team etc but still currently remain disappointed as I do expect a reasonable proportion of goals from strikers and ideally expect them to score more than midfielders. However there is no mal-intent from me towards TK and nothing would please me more if he found the back of the net on a regular basis, he seems a nice guy with a good attitude. The same goes for Wes Thomas as long as he is with us, I would like to see another Wes goal for us before I expire.
^ In response to cheeriedriteup: What I acuallyI said was 'I haven't beeen an instant success in "everything" I've ever done', which I'm sure goes for most of us. Onto TK I take on board your comments, foreign country, goals from all over the team etc but still currently remain disappointed as I do expect a reasonable proportion of goals from strikers and ideally expect them to score more than midfielders. However there is no mal-intent from me towards TK and nothing would please me more if he found the back of the net on a regular basis, he seems a nice guy with a good attitude. The same goes for Wes Thomas as long as he is with us, I would like to see another Wes goal for us before I expire. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

6:54am Fri 10 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
^
In response to cheeriedriteup:
What I acuallyI said was 'I haven't beeen an instant success in "everything" I've ever done', which I'm sure goes for most of us.

Onto TK I take on board your comments, foreign country, goals from all over the team etc but still currently remain disappointed as I do expect a reasonable proportion of goals from strikers and ideally expect them to score more than midfielders. However there is no mal-intent from me towards TK and nothing would please me more if he found the back of the net on a regular basis, he seems a nice guy with a good attitude. The same goes for Wes Thomas as long as he is with us, I would like to see another Wes goal for us before I expire.
On a personal note I would be more worried about The continual attitude from Wes, he made it clear that he didn't want to be there, is he here because no one wants him, is it because Mitchel is no longer there ?
I stated about goals coming from all over the park, during EH first reign we were shooting from 40 yards out -all players, we have lost that at the moment, become an Arsenal if you like
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: ^ In response to cheeriedriteup: What I acuallyI said was 'I haven't beeen an instant success in "everything" I've ever done', which I'm sure goes for most of us. Onto TK I take on board your comments, foreign country, goals from all over the team etc but still currently remain disappointed as I do expect a reasonable proportion of goals from strikers and ideally expect them to score more than midfielders. However there is no mal-intent from me towards TK and nothing would please me more if he found the back of the net on a regular basis, he seems a nice guy with a good attitude. The same goes for Wes Thomas as long as he is with us, I would like to see another Wes goal for us before I expire.[/p][/quote]On a personal note I would be more worried about The continual attitude from Wes, he made it clear that he didn't want to be there, is he here because no one wants him, is it because Mitchel is no longer there ? I stated about goals coming from all over the park, during EH first reign we were shooting from 40 yards out -all players, we have lost that at the moment, become an Arsenal if you like cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 0

7:17am Fri 10 Jan 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

^
I know what you're saying about trying to walk the ball into the back of the net, but it looks like we are shooting more lately, which is a good thing. Such a shame about Wes T a quick and physical player, attributes that we need, just don't know where it went wrong, he was at his best when on loan. I didn't see the Charlton game this season but word was that he worked well with Grabbs, not sure this has been tried since.

Finally no complaints from me about Lewis Grabban, a revelation in the Championship and an impressive transition to this level. I do wonder how much longer we can keep playing him as a lone striker though despite getting some good results with it this tactic is now getting a bit predictable.
^ I know what you're saying about trying to walk the ball into the back of the net, but it looks like we are shooting more lately, which is a good thing. Such a shame about Wes T a quick and physical player, attributes that we need, just don't know where it went wrong, he was at his best when on loan. I didn't see the Charlton game this season but word was that he worked well with Grabbs, not sure this has been tried since. Finally no complaints from me about Lewis Grabban, a revelation in the Championship and an impressive transition to this level. I do wonder how much longer we can keep playing him as a lone striker though despite getting some good results with it this tactic is now getting a bit predictable. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 2

8:18am Fri 10 Jan 14

Fanfor45 says...

A slightly different view on the T.K. debate. If he'd have scored in the first 30 seconds of his debut against Barnsley instead of shooting narrowly wide, the expectation on him now I suspect would be intolerable given his only goal. However, the teams survival and gradual progress is more vital than anything else so you might just as well ask why the rest of the team are not regularly scoring when they are playing. Survive commendably this season; be concerned if our strikers are not scoring next season? Then T.K might beg closer scrutiny
A slightly different view on the T.K. debate. If he'd have scored in the first 30 seconds of his debut against Barnsley instead of shooting narrowly wide, the expectation on him now I suspect would be intolerable given his only goal. However, the teams survival and gradual progress is more vital than anything else so you might just as well ask why the rest of the team are not regularly scoring when they are playing. Survive commendably this season; be concerned if our strikers are not scoring next season? Then T.K might beg closer scrutiny Fanfor45
  • Score: 2

8:45am Fri 10 Jan 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

I think our survival this season (albeit with a few more points tacked on) is looking fairly guaranteed after our successful Xmas campaign.
I think our survival this season (albeit with a few more points tacked on) is looking fairly guaranteed after our successful Xmas campaign. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 1

11:07am Fri 10 Jan 14

Square Old Codger says...

I have never had any doubt as to our ability to stay up this Season, players are becoming adjusted to the higher standard and the pace and are raising the level of their game. There has been too much expectation re Rantie, because of the fee paid for him, he is very young, has great potential and the desire and will to suceed, it will take him a Season though to adjust to life, football and the conditions in the UK - all so very strange to him. As I see it, we are doing very well to be competitive , we are a small Club when measured against many others, in particular with those enjoying the Premier Leagues largess. If we can establish the Club as a Championship, to me, the best Division to be in, with so many evenly matched teams, with every game contested and far more exciting and enjoyable than the over rated Premiership, dominated as it is by a handfull of Clubs, with the rest making up the number, we will have done very well..Our main constraint , lack of ground capacity with the revenue that limits . But I am sure that Mr.Demin is a long term planner and the recent structural changes at the Club open the door a bit to future investment.
I have never had any doubt as to our ability to stay up this Season, players are becoming adjusted to the higher standard and the pace and are raising the level of their game. There has been too much expectation re Rantie, because of the fee paid for him, he is very young, has great potential and the desire and will to suceed, it will take him a Season though to adjust to life, football and the conditions in the UK - all so very strange to him. As I see it, we are doing very well to be competitive , we are a small Club when measured against many others, in particular with those enjoying the Premier Leagues largess. If we can establish the Club as a Championship, to me, the best Division to be in, with so many evenly matched teams, with every game contested and far more exciting and enjoyable than the over rated Premiership, dominated as it is by a handfull of Clubs, with the rest making up the number, we will have done very well..Our main constraint , lack of ground capacity with the revenue that limits . But I am sure that Mr.Demin is a long term planner and the recent structural changes at the Club open the door a bit to future investment. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 2

2:36pm Fri 10 Jan 14

devon fan says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
I have never had any doubt as to our ability to stay up this Season, players are becoming adjusted to the higher standard and the pace and are raising the level of their game. There has been too much expectation re Rantie, because of the fee paid for him, he is very young, has great potential and the desire and will to suceed, it will take him a Season though to adjust to life, football and the conditions in the UK - all so very strange to him. As I see it, we are doing very well to be competitive , we are a small Club when measured against many others, in particular with those enjoying the Premier Leagues largess. If we can establish the Club as a Championship, to me, the best Division to be in, with so many evenly matched teams, with every game contested and far more exciting and enjoyable than the over rated Premiership, dominated as it is by a handfull of Clubs, with the rest making up the number, we will have done very well..Our main constraint , lack of ground capacity with the revenue that limits . But I am sure that Mr.Demin is a long term planner and the recent structural changes at the Club open the door a bit to future investment.
I do hope you are right with regard to future investment, i do feel that if we are ever to buy the ground back more investment will be required, have we missed something but you refer to recent structural changes leaving the door open are you refering to the departed Eddie Mitchell or has something else happened, having retired to rural Devon I do rely on the Echo and club website to keep me informed, both which are sadly lacking in this job
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: I have never had any doubt as to our ability to stay up this Season, players are becoming adjusted to the higher standard and the pace and are raising the level of their game. There has been too much expectation re Rantie, because of the fee paid for him, he is very young, has great potential and the desire and will to suceed, it will take him a Season though to adjust to life, football and the conditions in the UK - all so very strange to him. As I see it, we are doing very well to be competitive , we are a small Club when measured against many others, in particular with those enjoying the Premier Leagues largess. If we can establish the Club as a Championship, to me, the best Division to be in, with so many evenly matched teams, with every game contested and far more exciting and enjoyable than the over rated Premiership, dominated as it is by a handfull of Clubs, with the rest making up the number, we will have done very well..Our main constraint , lack of ground capacity with the revenue that limits . But I am sure that Mr.Demin is a long term planner and the recent structural changes at the Club open the door a bit to future investment.[/p][/quote]I do hope you are right with regard to future investment, i do feel that if we are ever to buy the ground back more investment will be required, have we missed something but you refer to recent structural changes leaving the door open are you refering to the departed Eddie Mitchell or has something else happened, having retired to rural Devon I do rely on the Echo and club website to keep me informed, both which are sadly lacking in this job devon fan
  • Score: 0

6:01pm Fri 10 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
I think our survival this season (albeit with a few more points tacked on) is looking fairly guaranteed after our successful Xmas campaign.
I would agree, although last season 53 points were relegated I really. Cannot not see that this season, Barnsley and Yeovil I would say doomed along with Doncaster, I would think Millwall will kick on a bit now so if you carry on as we are there certainly something to build on in the next attempt, isn't is nice to have a club play good football week in week out without Mitchell shouting down the mic, or showing himself in the Echo. Ok credit due in some places, but there has been absolutely NO negative impact since he left
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: I think our survival this season (albeit with a few more points tacked on) is looking fairly guaranteed after our successful Xmas campaign.[/p][/quote]I would agree, although last season 53 points were relegated I really. Cannot not see that this season, Barnsley and Yeovil I would say doomed along with Doncaster, I would think Millwall will kick on a bit now so if you carry on as we are there certainly something to build on in the next attempt, isn't is nice to have a club play good football week in week out without Mitchell shouting down the mic, or showing himself in the Echo. Ok credit due in some places, but there has been absolutely NO negative impact since he left cheeriedriteup
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