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AFC Bournemouth video: Bolton will get stronger warns Cherries boss Eddie Howe
BOSS Eddie Howe admits he has been surprised at Bolton’s indifferent start to the season but believes they are starting to show their true colours.
Dougie Freedman’s team are fourth from bottom in the Championship having won one and drawn seven of their opening 13 games.
However, the Trotters arrive at Dean Court tomorrow (3pm) on the back of a five-match unbeaten run.
Howe told the Daily Echo: “With the players and manager they have got and the infrastructure of the club, I think they are in a false position.
“I think they will climb the table as the season progresses and I expect a really tough battle against a team that were many people’s pre-season favourites to go up or be in contention to go up. They have had a slow start but I think they will get stronger.
“They have good players and a strong squad. You only have to look at their bench to see the strength of their squad. I think it is a surprise to everybody to see where they are.
“I have watched a number of their games and they have perhaps been unfortunate not to get more points. They have been in most games and they have been tight affairs.
“They have a very proud history and tradition and have been a Premier League team for a number of years.
“They will be looking to make that jump back, as are a number of clubs we seem to be playing at the moment, so it will be another really good examination for us.
“It is great to be back at home. It seems a long time since our last home game and, if we can pick up where we left off against Millwall, we would be really happy.”
Cherries will be without defender Elliott Ward who serves a one-match suspension following his sending off at Leicester City last time out.
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