AFC Bournemouth boss Howe: 'We need more clean sheets'

BOSS: Eddie Howe

BOSS: Eddie Howe

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe has tasked his players with keeping more clean sheets after another momentary lapse cost them dearly against Burnley on Saturday.

Howe’s men were denied what would have been an impressive scalp when they switched off to allow Keith Treacy to score to earn the Clarets a share of the spoils at Dean Court.

Treacy profited following a deflected cross from Ross Wallace and levelled after a goal credited to Tokelo Rantie had given Cherries the lead six minutes into the second half.

Cherries had also been pegged back when they drew 1-1 at Turf Moor in November with Danny Ings capitalising on some defensive hesitancy to score a late equaliser.

Despite keeping three clean sheets in their first seven games in the Championship, Cherries have managed only one in their past 23 games – against Yeovil on Boxing Day.

Howe said: “We should have won, like we should have at Bolton, and the next part of our progress is to be winning games like this. You need that ruthless quality to see out games 1-0. It was a game of tight margins. We got the first goal and, usually, that has been enough this season to win but it wasn’t the case.

“We feel we certainly should have more points than we have. Our performances in general have merited that so that is always a good sign and, hopefully, we can continue to improve and turn these draws into wins.

“We felt we nullified their threats in the two games against them. We are disappointed because we had the lead in both games and you would like to think that would have been enough to get you at least one win.

“I thought their only chance was the goal and that was the frustrating thing. The next challenge for us is to keep more clean sheets because we can score goals but are conceding them too regularly.”

The clash went ahead after the pitch had passed an early morning inspection, although a testing playing surface and a swirling wind made life difficult for both teams.

Howe added: “We knew it was going to be very difficult to play our normal way so we adjusted our tactics and changed our system and style of football.

“The change was effective but it wouldn’t be the way I would always want to play.”

“We saw some good things and some good attempts to play in what were dire conditions. It affected both teams and it definitely affected the usual quality of game we see here at Championship level and both teams had to adapt.”

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9:07am Mon 17 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

To many fouls,too many bookings,start laying down the law eddie.
To many fouls,too many bookings,start laying down the law eddie. pete woodley
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9:20am Mon 17 Feb 14

Rotterdam says...

pete woodley wrote:
To many fouls,too many bookings,start laying down the law eddie.
Well, based on the Burnley game that's easily solved. Just don't bring Pitman on !
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: To many fouls,too many bookings,start laying down the law eddie.[/p][/quote]Well, based on the Burnley game that's easily solved. Just don't bring Pitman on ! Rotterdam
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10:23am Mon 17 Feb 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

. . I dont know why Bret is getting so much stick. . At least when he came on he got stuck in. . . . Remember it was his goals last season that got you lot Championship football. . . . . . I think he has had a raw deal this year.
. . I dont know why Bret is getting so much stick. . At least when he came on he got stuck in. . . . Remember it was his goals last season that got you lot Championship football. . . . . . I think he has had a raw deal this year. RED LETTER DAY
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2:49pm Mon 17 Feb 14

jontee says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
. . I dont know why Bret is getting so much stick. . At least when he came on he got stuck in. . . . Remember it was his goals last season that got you lot Championship football. . . . . . I think he has had a raw deal this year.
Totally agree.
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Problem is Eddie can't play 4-4-2 because the defence is too weak, but he should now start with Kermorgan and bring on Pitman as soon as possible. Grabban should go to midfield fom where he will still score goals.
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: . . I dont know why Bret is getting so much stick. . At least when he came on he got stuck in. . . . Remember it was his goals last season that got you lot Championship football. . . . . . I think he has had a raw deal this year.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. . Problem is Eddie can't play 4-4-2 because the defence is too weak, but he should now start with Kermorgan and bring on Pitman as soon as possible. Grabban should go to midfield fom where he will still score goals. jontee
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5:12pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Cherryfan says...

Sorry but more clean sheets is not the answer, taking our scoring chances is what we need. Scoring one goal and then defending that lead will lead to depressing football at Dean Court. Regarding Pitman, correct me if I am wrong but his only two contributions got him booked and nearly sent off, all in the short time he was on the pitch. Not worth bringing on in my opinion.
Sorry but more clean sheets is not the answer, taking our scoring chances is what we need. Scoring one goal and then defending that lead will lead to depressing football at Dean Court. Regarding Pitman, correct me if I am wrong but his only two contributions got him booked and nearly sent off, all in the short time he was on the pitch. Not worth bringing on in my opinion. Cherryfan
  • Score: 1

5:15pm Mon 17 Feb 14

sea poole says...

Much as I like Francis going forward, many of our leaked goals have been down to his lack of close marking. He's a quality player, but needs to be more alert when defending
Much as I like Francis going forward, many of our leaked goals have been down to his lack of close marking. He's a quality player, but needs to be more alert when defending sea poole
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8:22pm Mon 17 Feb 14

West moors 1 says...

sea poole wrote:
Much as I like Francis going forward, many of our leaked goals have been down to his lack of close marking. He's a quality player, but needs to be more alert when defending
Good point, a number of goals we have conceded have been very similar to Saturdays. We are vulnerable so all over the park we need to show steel. Bringing Pitman on is like going down to 10 men. He adds nothing up front and doesn't defend from the front. When will EH notice what the fans can see so easily. Up the cherries!
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: Much as I like Francis going forward, many of our leaked goals have been down to his lack of close marking. He's a quality player, but needs to be more alert when defending[/p][/quote]Good point, a number of goals we have conceded have been very similar to Saturdays. We are vulnerable so all over the park we need to show steel. Bringing Pitman on is like going down to 10 men. He adds nothing up front and doesn't defend from the front. When will EH notice what the fans can see so easily. Up the cherries! West moors 1
  • Score: -1

2:25pm Tue 18 Feb 14

ReluctantNicko says...

The pitch was the ONLY winner on Saturday - the match would not have looked out of place in League 2.
The pitch was the ONLY winner on Saturday - the match would not have looked out of place in League 2. ReluctantNicko
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