FA Cup: Howe tasks Cherries with maintaining form

BOSS Eddie Howe insists Cherries will pull out all the stops to continue their fine form as they eye a potential FA Cup trip to Macclesfield Town.

Cherries will face the non-league outfit at Moss Rose if they get past Wigan Athletic in their third round replay.

Howe’s men drew 1-1 with the Latics at DW Stadium yesterday and they will host the Premier League club for a re-run on January 15, subject to potential TV coverage.

Macclesfield reached the fourth round after producing a giant-killing to see off Championship leaders Cardiff City yesterday.

But the tie would also present Cherries with a good opportunity of reaching the fifth round of the famous knockout competition.

Howe, who is refusing to look too far ahead with Wigan still to beat, says his focus remains on helping Cherries build on the mentality which has underpinned their 17-match unbeaten run.

He told the Daily Echo: “We must be mindful that we have still got a tough task ahead of us if we are to earn a trip to Macclesfield. Wigan are a Premier League club with some excellent players and we are expecting a stern challenge against them in the replay.

“Everybody wants a home tie in the FA Cup and the past two draws have not been kind to us in terms of distance. Macclesfield would be another long trip for our supporters but, of course, we would love to have to make it.

“They produced a very good result to knock out Cardiff in the third round yesterday.

“But we are now 17 matches unbeaten and are determined to continue building a winning mentality. The players have been magnificent and I can only praise them for their performances.”

Cherries will spend the next week preparing to host League One promotion rivals Swindon Town on Saturday.

Howe added: “For the upcoming week, our focus will be very much on facing Swindon in the league and aiming to carry on our form. We will be doing everything possible to ensure our run continues.”

The draw was conducted this afternoon by goalkeeping legends David Seaman and Dave Beasant. The fourth round ties are due to be played on the weekend of January 26/27.

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4:03pm Sun 6 Jan 13

tricky1007 says...

Now that is a real incentive to get past Wigan. Non league in the 4th round a very very good opportunity to be in the 5 th round!!!
Now that is a real incentive to get past Wigan. Non league in the 4th round a very very good opportunity to be in the 5 th round!!! tricky1007
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4:06pm Sun 6 Jan 13

alasdair1967 says...

Or a huge banana skin :-( not the draw any of us had hoped for
Or a huge banana skin :-( not the draw any of us had hoped for alasdair1967
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4:10pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Deejaycee says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Or a huge banana skin :-( not the draw any of us had hoped for
On the contrary, it could have been a lot worse.
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Or a huge banana skin :-( not the draw any of us had hoped for[/p][/quote]On the contrary, it could have been a lot worse. Deejaycee
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4:12pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Wilkie says...

Oh well, not too bad if we can get past wigan. certainly better than middlesborough away.
Oh well, not too bad if we can get past wigan. certainly better than middlesborough away. Wilkie
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4:12pm Sun 6 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

WE are being spoiled by the good quality of football provided, thanks to EH and JT and the team, we are now no longer happy to take one game at the time but dare to dream and look beyond the Wigan replay.

I don't blame supporters for doing so but for me the priority is get three points from our next game and for than to look to the next game. UTCIAD
WE are being spoiled by the good quality of football provided, thanks to EH and JT and the team, we are now no longer happy to take one game at the time but dare to dream and look beyond the Wigan replay. I don't blame supporters for doing so but for me the priority is get three points from our next game and for than to look to the next game. UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
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4:27pm Sun 6 Jan 13

lymicherry says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
WE are being spoiled by the good quality of football provided, thanks to EH and JT and the team, we are now no longer happy to take one game at the time but dare to dream and look beyond the Wigan replay.

I don't blame supporters for doing so but for me the priority is get three points from our next game and for than to look to the next game. UTCIAD
Wise words. Far too many ifs and maybes to be even thinking about round five at the moment. Next Saturday's game is huge; if someone offered me right now a win over Swindon followed by an honourable defeat by Wigan I'd snatch their hand off.
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: WE are being spoiled by the good quality of football provided, thanks to EH and JT and the team, we are now no longer happy to take one game at the time but dare to dream and look beyond the Wigan replay. I don't blame supporters for doing so but for me the priority is get three points from our next game and for than to look to the next game. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Wise words. Far too many ifs and maybes to be even thinking about round five at the moment. Next Saturday's game is huge; if someone offered me right now a win over Swindon followed by an honourable defeat by Wigan I'd snatch their hand off. lymicherry
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5:13pm Sun 6 Jan 13

RED LETTER DAY says...

. . . Another long away day trip to Macclesfield........
...... Still, going up north seems to be a good omen for the Cherries his season.
. . . Another long away day trip to Macclesfield........ ...... Still, going up north seems to be a good omen for the Cherries his season. RED LETTER DAY
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5:32pm Sun 6 Jan 13

mikeba says...

Not the worlds greatest football supporter but can`t keep my eyes off the news runs as they come out. Keep my eyes well on the results everytime Cherries play. What an amazing run of results. Congratulations to Eddie and all of his staff and players .. long may it continue, primarily in the League but why not in the cup as well ... good luck all round!!! An amazing TEAM effort.
Not the worlds greatest football supporter but can`t keep my eyes off the news runs as they come out. Keep my eyes well on the results everytime Cherries play. What an amazing run of results. Congratulations to Eddie and all of his staff and players .. long may it continue, primarily in the League but why not in the cup as well ... good luck all round!!! An amazing TEAM effort. mikeba
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5:32pm Sun 6 Jan 13

tricky1007 says...

alasdair1967 wrote:
Or a huge banana skin :-( not the draw any of us had hoped for
so if and its a big if we get past Wigan, you wanted a game against a big boy? Surely having one of the lowest ranked teams left in the cup is a lot better? I would rather go out in the 5th round to Liverpool than the 4th round to Middlesborough! COME ON THE CHERRIES!!!!
[quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Or a huge banana skin :-( not the draw any of us had hoped for[/p][/quote]so if and its a big if we get past Wigan, you wanted a game against a big boy? Surely having one of the lowest ranked teams left in the cup is a lot better? I would rather go out in the 5th round to Liverpool than the 4th round to Middlesborough! COME ON THE CHERRIES!!!! tricky1007
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6:19pm Sun 6 Jan 13

peterbond038 says...

GREAT draw wigan will be the tough one,we can beat macc, one guy to watch called barnes homer ex luton we need to sign some players in this transfer window, need a midfield leader-ball winner perhaps marvin bartley will suffice + this elusive cover right back for francis and we can do with a winger on the right-Liam feeney comes to mind,and we need to sort out a deal for thomas now he is back and need to keep him
GREAT draw wigan will be the tough one,we can beat macc, one guy to watch called barnes homer ex luton we need to sign some players in this transfer window, need a midfield leader-ball winner perhaps marvin bartley will suffice + this elusive cover right back for francis and we can do with a winger on the right-Liam feeney comes to mind,and we need to sort out a deal for thomas now he is back and need to keep him peterbond038
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7:48pm Sun 6 Jan 13

cheeriedriteup says...

tricky1007 wrote:
alasdair1967 wrote:
Or a huge banana skin :-( not the draw any of us had hoped for
so if and its a big if we get past Wigan, you wanted a game against a big boy? Surely having one of the lowest ranked teams left in the cup is a lot better? I would rather go out in the 5th round to Liverpool than the 4th round to Middlesborough! COME ON THE CHERRIES!!!!
I have to agree with this post, I think it is a very very good tie, Wigan were unlikely to send a strong squad down south for the midweek reply, now the next tie is less of a big crowd puller they are likely to show no interest in this competition now. Even though our league form remains the priority, one cannot over look this run of good fortune, the next home game will be a full house, the reply will be a full house, these facts can only be positives for the club as a whole.
[quote][p][bold]tricky1007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alasdair1967[/bold] wrote: Or a huge banana skin :-( not the draw any of us had hoped for[/p][/quote]so if and its a big if we get past Wigan, you wanted a game against a big boy? Surely having one of the lowest ranked teams left in the cup is a lot better? I would rather go out in the 5th round to Liverpool than the 4th round to Middlesborough! COME ON THE CHERRIES!!!![/p][/quote]I have to agree with this post, I think it is a very very good tie, Wigan were unlikely to send a strong squad down south for the midweek reply, now the next tie is less of a big crowd puller they are likely to show no interest in this competition now. Even though our league form remains the priority, one cannot over look this run of good fortune, the next home game will be a full house, the reply will be a full house, these facts can only be positives for the club as a whole. cheeriedriteup
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8:04pm Sun 6 Jan 13

lovegodmikey says...

When do wigan tickets go on sale?
When do wigan tickets go on sale? lovegodmikey
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8:04pm Sun 6 Jan 13

lovegodmikey says...

When do wigan tickets go on sale?
When do wigan tickets go on sale? lovegodmikey
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8:17pm Sun 6 Jan 13

golfer33 says...

now
now golfer33
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