AFC Bournemouth: Eddie Howe targets Cherries consistency

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AIM: Eddie Howe

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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.”

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7:13am Fri 15 Aug 14

Square Old Codger says...

A tough month, with after Saturday, three really testing fixtures against fancied sides, Forest,Blackburn and Norwich will really define just how far we have progressed. The key for us will be for Yann and Callum to avoid injury and to keep fit, we have good cover and competition for places in both defence and midfield, not so sure about attack though, would have liked to have seen a backup for Yann, he is just so good in the air and we have no obvious replacement to pt those crosses away..
A tough month, with after Saturday, three really testing fixtures against fancied sides, Forest,Blackburn and Norwich will really define just how far we have progressed. The key for us will be for Yann and Callum to avoid injury and to keep fit, we have good cover and competition for places in both defence and midfield, not so sure about attack though, would have liked to have seen a backup for Yann, he is just so good in the air and we have no obvious replacement to pt those crosses away.. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 9

7:42am Fri 15 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

^
Yann was the 'magic' ingredient for us last season (and as big a bargain as Matt Ritchie), not an easy player to get backup for IMHO.
^ Yann was the 'magic' ingredient for us last season (and as big a bargain as Matt Ritchie), not an easy player to get backup for IMHO. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 4

7:54am Fri 15 Aug 14

Afcbpete says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
A tough month, with after Saturday, three really testing fixtures against fancied sides, Forest,Blackburn and Norwich will really define just how far we have progressed. The key for us will be for Yann and Callum to avoid injury and to keep fit, we have good cover and competition for places in both defence and midfield, not so sure about attack though, would have liked to have seen a backup for Yann, he is just so good in the air and we have no obvious replacement to pt those crosses away..
Spot on as always SOC, you've said all I was basically going to say. Although I'm extremely confident, I don't underestimate any teams in this league, on their day, anyone can beat anyone else. I'm not expecting 4 or 5 tomorrow, what ever happens, I'll just get right behind the team and hope we can come away with another 3 points!! UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: A tough month, with after Saturday, three really testing fixtures against fancied sides, Forest,Blackburn and Norwich will really define just how far we have progressed. The key for us will be for Yann and Callum to avoid injury and to keep fit, we have good cover and competition for places in both defence and midfield, not so sure about attack though, would have liked to have seen a backup for Yann, he is just so good in the air and we have no obvious replacement to pt those crosses away..[/p][/quote]Spot on as always SOC, you've said all I was basically going to say. Although I'm extremely confident, I don't underestimate any teams in this league, on their day, anyone can beat anyone else. I'm not expecting 4 or 5 tomorrow, what ever happens, I'll just get right behind the team and hope we can come away with another 3 points!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 6

10:22am Fri 15 Aug 14

devon fan says...

I agree with Eddie on his comments regarding consistiency, but have doubts if this can achieved by his rotating policy
I agree with Eddie on his comments regarding consistiency, but have doubts if this can achieved by his rotating policy devon fan
  • Score: -11

11:24am Fri 15 Aug 14

bobsworthforever says...

I don't think its going to be that tough 6 games against the ex prem relegated clubs last season 4 wins 2 defeats. We shouldn't be concerned how tough the opposition is if we keep playing the way we are we will win most of our games they are just teams with big names not big teams. The way we demolished Huddersfield we should be top 6 at least. I like that idea of going to watch away games at the Goldsands better than listening on Solent
I don't think its going to be that tough 6 games against the ex prem relegated clubs last season 4 wins 2 defeats. We shouldn't be concerned how tough the opposition is if we keep playing the way we are we will win most of our games they are just teams with big names not big teams. The way we demolished Huddersfield we should be top 6 at least. I like that idea of going to watch away games at the Goldsands better than listening on Solent bobsworthforever
  • Score: 8

6:23pm Fri 15 Aug 14

matt68 says...

devon fan wrote:
I agree with Eddie on his comments regarding consistiency, but have doubts if this can achieved by his rotating policy
yawn
[quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: I agree with Eddie on his comments regarding consistiency, but have doubts if this can achieved by his rotating policy[/p][/quote]yawn matt68
  • Score: -2

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