AFC Bournemouth: Eddie Howe calls for festive run from his players

Bournemouth Echo: CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe (right) and assistant Jason Tindall CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe (right) and assistant Jason Tindall

BOSS Eddie Howe has delivered a pre-Christmas message to his players and tasked them with establishing some consistency over the festive period.

Howe’s men, buoyed by a 2-1 win at Reading six days ago, will be bidding to register back-to-back Championship victories for the first time when they host Birmingham tomorrow.

“We have had a good week’s training on the back of an excellent result which has given everyone a lift,” said Howe. “My message to the players has been that it is very much a case of one result in isolation. We need to back it up now with a consistent run.

“That is what we will be looking to achieve. It is incredibly tough but that is what we have to focus on during the next run of games.

“Our challenge is to try to find that consistency because I think we have shown we can perform really well in one-off games. I thought we were unfortunate at QPR where we played very well without getting our rewards.”

Asked whether he would consider changing a winning team or formation against the Blues, Howe replied: “I never get too fixated with systems and formations because it is very much about the players. If you look at the Reading game, everyone played to their maximum level and there wasn’t a player I could fault.

“They were terrific as a group and as a team, hence why we got the win. Regardless of what system or formation you put out, it is all about players performing to their best of their ability.

“I don’t think it matters whether it’s one or three up front because we asked our midfielders and wide men to support the front man at Reading so, depending on where the ball was, it could have been viewed as a more attacking system than playing two up front.

“Every team I have picked this season has been difficult because we have a good squad.

“When you win a game, players have put themselves in with a good shout of keeping their place but I think every game is different and you have to pick a team to win that particular game.”

Howe had no fresh injury concerns to report and said he felt the clash would come too soon for winger Mohamed Coulibaly who has returned to full training following a nagging Achilles problem.

Back-up goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan is hoping to recover from a thumb injury sustained in training, with Benji Buchel and Ryan Allsop on stand-by to deputise on the bench.

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8:46am Fri 13 Dec 13

ianbthomson says...

Next few games COULD bring us a bundle of points as I see that whilst the following are tough, they are all winnable:

Birmingham (H)
Sheffield Weds (A)
Yeovil (H)
Ipswich (A)

I see that Birmingham have SOLD OUT their allocation and can be a noisy bunch. Therefore, please make sure that you bring your voices tomorrow
Next few games COULD bring us a bundle of points as I see that whilst the following are tough, they are all winnable: Birmingham (H) Sheffield Weds (A) Yeovil (H) Ipswich (A) I see that Birmingham have SOLD OUT their allocation and can be a noisy bunch. Therefore, please make sure that you bring your voices tomorrow ianbthomson

9:21am Fri 13 Dec 13

ianbthomson says...

Sorry Ipswich is also at home and so 3 Home and 1 Away games to finish off 2013
Sorry Ipswich is also at home and so 3 Home and 1 Away games to finish off 2013 ianbthomson

9:22am Fri 13 Dec 13

Phil McG (Italy) says...

The Ipswich match is also at home. So let's hope for a bumper festive period at Dean Court!

UP THE CHERRIES!
The Ipswich match is also at home. So let's hope for a bumper festive period at Dean Court! UP THE CHERRIES! Phil McG (Italy)

4:26pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Square Old Codger says...

That's Eddie for you, honest as ever and no dissembling - yes it was only one win, albeit against a very good team and it is necessary to carrry this form on over the Yule tide, especially against the teams near us in the table. A good run would establish the Club in midtable , that must be their aim..
That's Eddie for you, honest as ever and no dissembling - yes it was only one win, albeit against a very good team and it is necessary to carrry this form on over the Yule tide, especially against the teams near us in the table. A good run would establish the Club in midtable , that must be their aim.. Square Old Codger

4:26pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Square Old Codger says...

That's Eddie for you, honest as ever and no dissembling - yes it was only one win, albeit against a very good team and it is necessary to carrry this form on over the Yule tide, especially against the teams near us in the table. A good run would establish the Club in midtable , that must be their aim..
That's Eddie for you, honest as ever and no dissembling - yes it was only one win, albeit against a very good team and it is necessary to carrry this form on over the Yule tide, especially against the teams near us in the table. A good run would establish the Club in midtable , that must be their aim.. Square Old Codger

5:54pm Fri 13 Dec 13

holdinkæft says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
That's Eddie for you, honest as ever and no dissembling - yes it was only one win, albeit against a very good team and it is necessary to carrry this form on over the Yule tide, especially against the teams near us in the table. A good run would establish the Club in midtable , that must be their aim..
Its a must. the Reading win was a bonus.
More slip ups nd we are looking at relegation worries again-
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: That's Eddie for you, honest as ever and no dissembling - yes it was only one win, albeit against a very good team and it is necessary to carrry this form on over the Yule tide, especially against the teams near us in the table. A good run would establish the Club in midtable , that must be their aim..[/p][/quote]Its a must. the Reading win was a bonus. More slip ups nd we are looking at relegation worries again- holdinkæft

12:16pm Sat 14 Dec 13

kangman2012 says...

Best of luck boys - just keep that 6'9" striker quiet and get 'em on the counter - UTC!
Best of luck boys - just keep that 6'9" striker quiet and get 'em on the counter - UTC! kangman2012

2:04pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Dukecherry says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
That's Eddie for you, honest as ever and no dissembling - yes it was only one win, albeit against a very good team and it is necessary to carrry this form on over the Yule tide, especially against the teams near us in the table. A good run would establish the Club in midtable , that must be their aim..
As a keen follower of your posts, especially during the dark days of Bradbury and Groves and Brooks, I find your assessment of EH's management approach inexplicable.
I read the articles about Thomas and Jalal and was wondering if the fans are not blind to the fact that the treatment of both players,and others, will come back to haunt EH. If he seriously thinks that Rantie, Allsop and Flahaven are better suited for this league, then there is something drastically wrong with his judgement.
You make reference to honesty. Does this honesty justify dropping Thomas for the Reading game? Does this honesty justify having two raw goalkeepers on stand-by, just to tell us, the fans, he can do what he wants, regardless.
I wonder what the posts would read if Jalal went to Bradfordto find himself playing Championship football while Rantie et al find themselves plying their trade in L1, under EH.
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: That's Eddie for you, honest as ever and no dissembling - yes it was only one win, albeit against a very good team and it is necessary to carrry this form on over the Yule tide, especially against the teams near us in the table. A good run would establish the Club in midtable , that must be their aim..[/p][/quote]As a keen follower of your posts, especially during the dark days of Bradbury and Groves and Brooks, I find your assessment of EH's management approach inexplicable. I read the articles about Thomas and Jalal and was wondering if the fans are not blind to the fact that the treatment of both players,and others, will come back to haunt EH. If he seriously thinks that Rantie, Allsop and Flahaven are better suited for this league, then there is something drastically wrong with his judgement. You make reference to honesty. Does this honesty justify dropping Thomas for the Reading game? Does this honesty justify having two raw goalkeepers on stand-by, just to tell us, the fans, he can do what he wants, regardless. I wonder what the posts would read if Jalal went to Bradfordto find himself playing Championship football while Rantie et al find themselves plying their trade in L1, under EH. Dukecherry

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