BOSS Eddie Howe says consistency will be key as Cherries look to build on their impressive start to the season.
Cherries opened their Championship campaign with a resounding 4-0 win at Huddersfield six days ago – a result which saw them win the first League Managers’ Association performance-of-the-week award.
But while the emphatic victory at the John Smith’s Stadium did little to douse expectations among supporters, Howe knows it will count for little unless Cherries can produce on a regular basis.
Howe, speaking ahead of the visit of Brentford tomorrow, told the Daily Echo: “From our perspective, it was only one game and we need to back it up with consistent results.
"It is no good performing well one week and not the next. Consistency is going to be crucial and we want to produce a similar performance against Brentford.”
Cherries, who produced some memorable displays at Dean Court last season, host newly-promoted Brentford before entertaining much-fancied Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.
“We improved as the season went on at home,” said Howe. “We had some tough games early on where we were adjusting to the division. Some teams came here and made it difficult for us. But I felt we solved a few different problems and became free-scoring at the end so we certainly ended with real momentum.
“It would be lovely to pick up where we left off but, to do that, we are going to need to do the basics right. I have been drilling into the players this week that certain aspects of our play need to be very good.
“When you play any promoted team early in the season, they are difficult games. The players still have the promotion fresh in their minds, they go into games with no fear and they want to make a good impression.
"We will give Brentford the utmost respect and know they are going to examine us. We need to be up to that test.”