AFC Bournemouth: Boss wary of Vokes and Ings strike threat

CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

BOSS Eddie Howe has tasked his players with trying to “impose themselves” on Danny Ings and Sam Vokes as Cherries bid to nullify the most potent strikeforce in the Championship.

Ings and Vokes, both signed by Howe during his time as manager at Burnley, have netted 40 goals between them to keep the Clarets firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion.

The two former Cherries apprentices will be looking to maintain their rich vein of form when second-placed Burnley face Howe’s team at Dean Court tomorrow (3pm).

Ings has plundered 24 goals this season, while Vokes registered his 16th to secure a 1-0 win at Bolton on Tuesday. One or the other – or both – have scored in no fewer than 22 of Burnley’s 30 league games.

Howe, who spent 21 months in the Turf Moor hot-seat before returning to Dean Court in October 2012, told the Daily Echo: “They both have obvious strengths and are completely different players, which is why they have formed such a good partnership. In the main, I thought we did well against them in the reverse fixture and then Danny popped up with a good finish at the end to deny us the win.

“We will have a plan in place to try to deal with them. But as they have shown this season, I am sure many other clubs and managers have tried to do the same. We have to back ourselves as players and hope we can impose ourselves on them.

“They have both done outstandingly well and, when you have goals in your team, it gives everybody confidence and they have led the line very well for them. Burnley will be in the mix come the end of the season. They have been able to keep a pretty settled team for much of the season and that has been a real strength. Everyone knows their job and they work incredibly hard for each other.”

Howe, who said he had no fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash, would have been encouraged by Cherries’ comeback at the Reebok where his own strikers were pivotal in clawing back a two-goal deficit.

“The mental strength we showed to come back was a really good sign for the future,” said Howe. “We were able to show the quality to keep the ball and really frustrate Bolton for long periods. It was perhaps a game we would have lost at the start of season so that was another positive for us.

“We are in the middle of a tough spell of games. Playing Leicester, Burnley and Derby in close succession is a really good test to see how strong we could become in the future.

“The beauty of our strikeforce is that we have different players with different strengths. We started with Lewis Grabban on his own at Bolton and he did very well again. Then, we were able to change it and bring on a bit more physicality with Yann (Kermorgant) and real pace with Tokelo (Rantie). It is great to have those options available to select at the right time and against certain oppositions. We will have a look at Burnley and see what is best against them.”

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7:12am Fri 14 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Hopefully Eddie sets the team up in a way that Burnley has our strike force to worry about!!!
Bring 'em on, I am expecting a good game and looking forward to this one.
UTCIAD
Hopefully Eddie sets the team up in a way that Burnley has our strike force to worry about!!! Bring 'em on, I am expecting a good game and looking forward to this one. UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
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10:19am Fri 14 Feb 14

devon fan says...

guess that means none up front, the beauty of our strikeforce is that most of them are sat on the bench so we keep them fresh
guess that means none up front, the beauty of our strikeforce is that most of them are sat on the bench so we keep them fresh devon fan
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11:48am Fri 14 Feb 14

gtd says...

devon fan wrote:
guess that means none up front, the beauty of our strikeforce is that most of them are sat on the bench so we keep them fresh
Yes indeed I agree; it's truly puzzling that Burnley play two up front.....
[quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: guess that means none up front, the beauty of our strikeforce is that most of them are sat on the bench so we keep them fresh[/p][/quote]Yes indeed I agree; it's truly puzzling that Burnley play two up front..... gtd
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11:57am Fri 14 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Our advantage should be knowing that they'll play two upfront, we're more flexible.
Our advantage should be knowing that they'll play two upfront, we're more flexible. TedMacsCherryPants
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12:31pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ASM says...

Eddie Howe tried signing both players for us pre-season.
I think the game will be called off.
Burnley play similar football to us, they are a very attractive footballing team and the reason they are higher than us in the table is because they have the end product (Ings and Vokes), Grabban has done excellent and Yann and Rantie look good when they come on.
No mention of Pitman who seems to have fallen right down the pecking order, I'd like to see him loaned out like Mcquoid and Tubbsy.
Eddie Howe tried signing both players for us pre-season. I think the game will be called off. Burnley play similar football to us, they are a very attractive footballing team and the reason they are higher than us in the table is because they have the end product (Ings and Vokes), Grabban has done excellent and Yann and Rantie look good when they come on. No mention of Pitman who seems to have fallen right down the pecking order, I'd like to see him loaned out like Mcquoid and Tubbsy. ASM
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4:20pm Fri 14 Feb 14

raybren says...

When Eddie says impose ourselves on them , does he mean give them both a Tony Pulis early on ! Those old enough to remember Pulis as a player will understand .
When Eddie says impose ourselves on them , does he mean give them both a Tony Pulis early on ! Those old enough to remember Pulis as a player will understand . raybren
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4:56pm Fri 14 Feb 14

canfordcherry says...

raybren wrote:
When Eddie says impose ourselves on them , does he mean give them both a Tony Pulis early on ! Those old enough to remember Pulis as a player will understand .
Don't think you'd get away with that these days, though the conditions may make the ref make allowances early doors.
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: When Eddie says impose ourselves on them , does he mean give them both a Tony Pulis early on ! Those old enough to remember Pulis as a player will understand .[/p][/quote]Don't think you'd get away with that these days, though the conditions may make the ref make allowances early doors. canfordcherry
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6:33pm Fri 14 Feb 14

abc100 says...

raybren wrote:
When Eddie says impose ourselves on them , does he mean give them both a Tony Pulis early on ! Those old enough to remember Pulis as a player will understand .
Tony as a manager is not adverse to giving his own players a clump, Shaun Brooks got a whack and James Beattie too!!!!! Pulis was a great player for Afcb
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: When Eddie says impose ourselves on them , does he mean give them both a Tony Pulis early on ! Those old enough to remember Pulis as a player will understand .[/p][/quote]Tony as a manager is not adverse to giving his own players a clump, Shaun Brooks got a whack and James Beattie too!!!!! Pulis was a great player for Afcb abc100
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6:36pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ReluctantNicko says...

Surely EH would not advocate thuggish tactics to nullify Ings and Vokes?

I thought EH was a purist.
Surely EH would not advocate thuggish tactics to nullify Ings and Vokes? I thought EH was a purist. ReluctantNicko
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7:19pm Fri 14 Feb 14

easthoweafcb. says...

Think we will do alright and ings and votes will be in effective too! Man mark both with Elphick and cook and play yann and Rantie from the start!
Think we will do alright and ings and votes will be in effective too! Man mark both with Elphick and cook and play yann and Rantie from the start! easthoweafcb.
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12:22pm Sun 16 Feb 14

afcbtintin says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Hopefully Eddie sets the team up in a way that Burnley has our strike force to worry about!!!
Bring 'em on, I am expecting a good game and looking forward to this one.
UTCIAD
Agreed TedMac, our first concern is to worry about ourselves and hope that the opposition then find themselves worrying about us !

Assuming that at least one of SV or DI score tomorrow it will be interesting to see if they "show respect to Cherry fans" in their celebrations.

I often wonder how the players that do that manage to keep control of themselves.

Looking forward to a cracking game

UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Hopefully Eddie sets the team up in a way that Burnley has our strike force to worry about!!! Bring 'em on, I am expecting a good game and looking forward to this one. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Agreed TedMac, our first concern is to worry about ourselves and hope that the opposition then find themselves worrying about us ! Assuming that at least one of SV or DI score tomorrow it will be interesting to see if they "show respect to Cherry fans" in their celebrations. I often wonder how the players that do that manage to keep control of themselves. Looking forward to a cracking game UTCIAD afcbtintin
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