MANAGER Eddie Howe admits Cherries have been handed a “tough task” in their bid to write a new chapter in the Dean Court record books.
But Howe also says Cherries are relishing the prospect of pitting their wits against Championship rivals Cardiff City in the third round of the League Cup.
Cherries registered a 3-0 win over the Welsh outfit to reach the fourth round in 1961-62, one of only two times in their history they have made the last 16.
Howe’s men ended a 10-year wait to reach the third round when they booked their place in the draw following a 3-0 win over Northampton last night.
Cherries last reached the third round in 2004-05 when Howe was on target in a penalty shootout at Blackburn to earn them a home tie against Cardiff, which they lost on penalties.
Howe told the Daily Echo: “Everybody remembers the Blackburn game because it was a memorable night for our supporters. The win on penalties earned us a home tie with Cardiff which was almost as dramatic.
“We took the lead through James Hayter and he then forced the tie into extra-time. We again came back to level through Brian Stock, only to lose on penalties. Fine margins determine games and that tie could have gone either way.
“A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then but we would love to reach the fourth round. This club has only done it twice and it would be another milestone if we could get there. It is going to be a tough task because Cardiff are a very good side.
“They have started the season well as they look for an immediate return to the Premier League and will be tough opponents. They lost in the final to Liverpool a couple of years ago and will fancy their chances of going on a good run in the League Cup.”
Cherries will travel to South Wales during week commencing September 22, with the tie probably taking place on Tuesday, September 23.
Discussing the win over Northampton, Howe added: “I thought all the lads who came in performed really well in a tricky game. You are expected to win and expected to do well and it is never quite as easy as that as a lot of the second-round results have shown.
“We are delighted with the squad. There is fierce competition for every position and the guys know that every time they get an opportunity, they have to perform and the lads certainly did that against Northampton.”