Cherries: Howe backs squad for 'pivotal' games

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BOSS Eddie Howe admits injuries have arrived at a difficult time for Cherries but he insists: “We believe greatly in the players we have got.”

Howe has been forced to reshuffle his defence in recent weeks after both Tommy Elphick and Charlie Daniels were confined to the treatment room.

Influential centre-half Elphick is still out following Ryan Lowe’s horror tackle at MK Dons and left-back Daniels is nursing a foot problem.

Loan recruits Dan Seaborne and Marcos Painter have been drafted in to join defensive regulars Simon Francis and Steve Cook.

And Howe is confident in Cherries’ personnel as they bid to continue their fight for promotion to the Championship.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Sheffield United (3pm), Howe told the Daily Echo: “It has been untimely for us to reshuffle our back four at such a key stage of the season.

“Tommy and Charlie have been pivotal in the success the team has had but you can never look back. You have to look forward.

“We believe greatly in the players we have got. Hopefully, we can put on a positive perfor mance and move forward now in what is a key stage of the season.

“The next four games are going to be pivotal in the run-in. It could give us a really good platform to kick on. With how tight the league is, these are key games.”

Cherries face the high-flying Blades before home matches with promotion rivals Coventry and Doncaster either side of a trip to Leyton Orient.

Second-placed Cherries hold a one-point advantage over Sheffield United, although tomorrow’s visitors to Dean Court have a game in hand.

Howe added: “They have got a good squad and a lot of players that have played at a level above.

“They have a very experienced group who have been around the game a long time and probably know how to get promotions and deal with this situation.

“But we believe in the group we have and believe in the potential and ability we have in our dressing room.

“I think it is going to be an exciting game – that goes without saying – and I am sure the atmosphere will be electric.”

Howe reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Sheffield United match.

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7:56am Fri 22 Feb 13

afcbtintin says...

Come home Zubar
Come home Zubar afcbtintin
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8:08am Fri 22 Feb 13

AFCBade says...

afcbtintin wrote:
Come home Zubar
Would agree even if to sit on the bench.

These 3 Home games are really key now especially with so many away games in march.
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: Come home Zubar[/p][/quote]Would agree even if to sit on the bench. These 3 Home games are really key now especially with so many away games in march. AFCBade
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8:21am Fri 22 Feb 13

Piston_Broke says...

It annoys me when the media say "Ryan Lowe's tackle" on Tommy Elphick. That was no tackle - he was on a mission to put TE out of the game, and wasn't bothered how he achieved it. Maybe tomorrow is the day to unleash the flying Scotsman, at least for a short spell. It would certainly give The Blades a problem or two! UTC.
It annoys me when the media say "Ryan Lowe's tackle" on Tommy Elphick. That was no tackle - he was on a mission to put TE out of the game, and wasn't bothered how he achieved it. Maybe tomorrow is the day to unleash the flying Scotsman, at least for a short spell. It would certainly give The Blades a problem or two! UTC. Piston_Broke
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9:23am Fri 22 Feb 13

Frankiesbackfromhollywood says...

Don't come home Zuber, really your not the answer!! We need to get back to playing the way we did in December, we have hit as bit of a low since we signed these new players, it takes time for players to gel!! Matt Ritchie has had to play in more than one position and our defence has not been at it's best, but Zubar would not improve it! Tomorrow is going to tell us if we have the players to get us promoted this season, we will have more answers at around 5pm tomorrow!
Don't come home Zuber, really your not the answer!! We need to get back to playing the way we did in December, we have hit as bit of a low since we signed these new players, it takes time for players to gel!! Matt Ritchie has had to play in more than one position and our defence has not been at it's best, but Zubar would not improve it! Tomorrow is going to tell us if we have the players to get us promoted this season, we will have more answers at around 5pm tomorrow! Frankiesbackfromhollywood
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9:58am Fri 22 Feb 13

dustbindanny says...

Like I said last week 3 strikers on the pitch against preston and not one decent shot at goal in the second half. That has to be worrying?
Like I said last week 3 strikers on the pitch against preston and not one decent shot at goal in the second half. That has to be worrying? dustbindanny
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10:24am Fri 22 Feb 13

Square Old Codger says...

It couldn't be any tougher and we will need a bit of luck to get through them with good results. The loss of key players through injury couldn't have come at a worse time. But that's Football ! No more though , please. Ritchie, back to left back and O'Kane in and hopefully Pugh and Arter fully fit. for tomorrows six pointer, sell out..
It couldn't be any tougher and we will need a bit of luck to get through them with good results. The loss of key players through injury couldn't have come at a worse time. But that's Football ! No more though , please. Ritchie, back to left back and O'Kane in and hopefully Pugh and Arter fully fit. for tomorrows six pointer, sell out.. Square Old Codger
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6:07pm Fri 22 Feb 13

West moors 1 says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
It couldn't be any tougher and we will need a bit of luck to get through them with good results. The loss of key players through injury couldn't have come at a worse time. But that's Football ! No more though , please. Ritchie, back to left back and O'Kane in and hopefully Pugh and Arter fully fit. for tomorrows six pointer, sell out..
Couldn't agree more with this post, hopefully EH will take note! We also need our fans to encourage the team to attack and score goals. We are good enough and belief and confidence will be crucial. Up the cherries!
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: It couldn't be any tougher and we will need a bit of luck to get through them with good results. The loss of key players through injury couldn't have come at a worse time. But that's Football ! No more though , please. Ritchie, back to left back and O'Kane in and hopefully Pugh and Arter fully fit. for tomorrows six pointer, sell out..[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more with this post, hopefully EH will take note! We also need our fans to encourage the team to attack and score goals. We are good enough and belief and confidence will be crucial. Up the cherries! West moors 1
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