Cherries: Howe is 'surprised' by club's rapid rise

Bournemouth Echo: CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

MANAGER Eddie Howe reflected on Cherries’ rapid rate of progress since his Dean Court comeback and confessed: “It has surprised us.”

Howe has been taken aback at his team’s remarkable revival since he left his post at Burnley to complete a fairytale return to Dorset.

The midweek win over Shrewsbury extended to six Cherries’ unbeaten run and saw them rise to within six points of the play-off places.

Following this upturn in fortunes and a flurry of goals, bookmakers have slashed the odds on Cherries gaining promotion from League One.

And Howe, who highlighted Cherries’ growing confidence and team spirit, admits the speed with which they have transformed their fortunes has left him pleasantly surprised.

He told the Daily Echo: “It has surprised us how well the lads have performed, I have to say. In the majority of the games, we have been excellent.

“I think we have a really good squad and a really good team so I am really pleased at this stage.

“If you would have told me when I first came in that this would have been our points return, I would have certainly taken it. Now, we can only look forward with enthusiasm.”

After succeeding Groves, Howe made no secret of his desire to see Cherries adopt a quicker tempo and a more positive approach.

This has so far seen them score no fewer than 16 goals in his five matches in the dugout.

Cherries will be hoping to maintain that form when they visit League One rivals Doncaster Rovers this afternoon (3pm).

“I think we have made really good strides,” added Howe. “The lads have knitted together with a really good team spirit and a good mentality. There are some really good leaders within the group that are pushing things along nicely off the pitch.

“On the pitch, some of our football has been excellent. I think we are getting more progressive and more threatening as time goes on.

“I see a confidence now within the team, during games, that perhaps wasn’t there a few weeks ago so we are moving in the right direction.

“We are well aware that it is still very early days. We have been on a good run, we want to keep that going for as long as we can, but somewhere along the line there will be a setback or two and we will have to handle that when it comes.”

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7:20am Sat 10 Nov 12

lionheart says...

Onwards and upwards.
Onwards and upwards. lionheart
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7:58am Sat 10 Nov 12

cheeriedriteup says...

It's no surprise to us Mr Howe. You worked wonders before with a limited squad , now with this bunch of lads the sky is the limit. I said to people before you arrived " just imagine what Howe could do with this squad "! Then you returned to answer the query. I don't give any credit to the previous management for these players, given an open check book I could have done the same, all the credit is yours EH no matter how modest you are, you can quite deservedly safe the credit with JT as you are a team within yourselves
It's no surprise to us Mr Howe. You worked wonders before with a limited squad , now with this bunch of lads the sky is the limit. I said to people before you arrived " just imagine what Howe could do with this squad "! Then you returned to answer the query. I don't give any credit to the previous management for these players, given an open check book I could have done the same, all the credit is yours EH no matter how modest you are, you can quite deservedly safe the credit with JT as you are a team within yourselves cheeriedriteup
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8:08am Sat 10 Nov 12

nonnogeppetto says...

Eddie you are an inspiration to the team and to us the supporters we wish you well today I hope the team play well, enjoy the game and bring back the points
Eddie you are an inspiration to the team and to us the supporters we wish you well today I hope the team play well, enjoy the game and bring back the points nonnogeppetto
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8:34am Sat 10 Nov 12

boyerboy says...

cheeriedriteup wrote:
It's no surprise to us Mr Howe. You worked wonders before with a limited squad , now with this bunch of lads the sky is the limit. I said to people before you arrived " just imagine what Howe could do with this squad "! Then you returned to answer the query. I don't give any credit to the previous management for these players, given an open check book I could have done the same, all the credit is yours EH no matter how modest you are, you can quite deservedly safe the credit with JT as you are a team within yourselves
Well said, just a shame he has the terrible twins who caused mayhem still at the club.
[quote][p][bold]cheeriedriteup[/bold] wrote: It's no surprise to us Mr Howe. You worked wonders before with a limited squad , now with this bunch of lads the sky is the limit. I said to people before you arrived " just imagine what Howe could do with this squad "! Then you returned to answer the query. I don't give any credit to the previous management for these players, given an open check book I could have done the same, all the credit is yours EH no matter how modest you are, you can quite deservedly safe the credit with JT as you are a team within yourselves[/p][/quote]Well said, just a shame he has the terrible twins who caused mayhem still at the club. boyerboy
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8:36am Sat 10 Nov 12

cherry finland says...

Football is a team game anyone could see the playes under Grooves were not playing as a team, now they have bonded under the new manager, three points today please.
Football is a team game anyone could see the playes under Grooves were not playing as a team, now they have bonded under the new manager, three points today please. cherry finland
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9:03am Sat 10 Nov 12

4stands says...

Two points dropped in last 4 league games....... bring back Groves
Two points dropped in last 4 league games....... bring back Groves 4stands
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9:09am Sat 10 Nov 12

pokesdown1 says...

Anybody see the display by Burnley loanee Jon Stewart for Alfreton last night?

The worst display of keeping I think I`ve ever seen from a full time pro.What a lump he must have been to deal with when he was booted out of DC.
Anybody see the display by Burnley loanee Jon Stewart for Alfreton last night? The worst display of keeping I think I`ve ever seen from a full time pro.What a lump he must have been to deal with when he was booted out of DC. pokesdown1
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9:35am Sat 10 Nov 12

susi.m says...

Whatever you have, Eddie and Jason, please can I have some of it.
Whatever you have, Eddie and Jason, please can I have some of it. susi.m
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2:17pm Sat 10 Nov 12

scottie190 says...

Nothing surprises us when it concerns Eddie and Jason don't forget they are a team. Good luck today our stiffest test yet. Utciad
Nothing surprises us when it concerns Eddie and Jason don't forget they are a team. Good luck today our stiffest test yet. Utciad scottie190
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7:58pm Sat 10 Nov 12

oxoncherry2 says...

I think we might win today.
I think we might win today. oxoncherry2
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