AFC Bournemouth: Back to basics for Howe's squad

Bournemouth Echo: BOSS: Eddie Howe BOSS: Eddie Howe

MANAGER Eddie Howe revealed Cherries had this week gone back to basics in a bid to improve their defensive record.

Only Millwall have conceded more goals in the Championship this season with Cherries having shipped no fewer than 50 in 30 games.

Despite keeping three clean sheets in their first seven matches, Cherries’ goal difference also took a hammering during the early stages with half of the tally coming in their opening 12 games.

Cherries’ backline is tomorrow likely to face a stern examination when they meet Derby at Pride Park – with the Rams boasting the best offensive record in the division.

Howe, who has seen Cherries keep just one clean sheet in their past 23 league games, told the Daily Echo: “You have to defend well against the top sides and you have to get the basics right. Apart from the goal against Burnley, we did well against them.

“We have done some hard work in training on the basic principles this week and, hopefully, that will show in our performance.

“We know we have to keep more clean sheets. I think we have defended well in recent games and certainly been a lot tighter. But our defensive record is something that is an obvious area where we can improve so that is what we will be looking to do.

“I think it is a consequence of various factors, like being a new team, how we try to play and the early games. We took a couple of heavy beatings and there is no denying they have played a part in our record. If you add together all these things, this is why we have ended up where we have.

“We are a very attacking team, whether home or away, and we try to take the game to the opposition. That is how we want the game to be played and, as a consequence, our defensive record has taken a bit of a knock.”

Asked whether he had considered compromising Cherries’ style of play to combat the defensive record, Howe replied: “We would never deviate from our principles because I think it would be foolish to do so.

“You do a lot of hard work and you play a certain way for a long period of time which brings you a lot of success in a lower league.

“The temptation through the tough times in a higher league is to sacrifice that and go a totally different way.

“That is not what we are going to do. Our job is to try to do better what we do and that is to be technically better on the ball and make better decisions. That is what we are working towards.”

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8:23pm Fri 21 Feb 14

raybren says...

Can ' t see us getting a clean sheet tomorrow , however if it ' s Derby 0 , I reckon we will get at least a point !
Can ' t see us getting a clean sheet tomorrow , however if it ' s Derby 0 , I reckon we will get at least a point ! raybren

11:40pm Fri 21 Feb 14

awayanchors says...

raybren wrote:
Can ' t see us getting a clean sheet tomorrow , however if it ' s Derby 0 , I reckon we will get at least a point !
If it's Derby 0, we will definitely get at least a point lol. Know what you're getting at though, just couldn't resist it.
UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Can ' t see us getting a clean sheet tomorrow , however if it ' s Derby 0 , I reckon we will get at least a point ![/p][/quote]If it's Derby 0, we will definitely get at least a point lol. Know what you're getting at though, just couldn't resist it. UTCIAD awayanchors

8:25am Sat 22 Feb 14

Nat1234 says...

awayanchors wrote:
raybren wrote:
Can ' t see us getting a clean sheet tomorrow , however if it ' s Derby 0 , I reckon we will get at least a point !
If it's Derby 0, we will definitely get at least a point lol. Know what you're getting at though, just couldn't resist it.
UTCIAD
Back to basics , well Eddie just play the players , that can play at this level . Do not play anyone who cannot play at this level . I won't name them , but most people know who those players are ,
[quote][p][bold]awayanchors[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Can ' t see us getting a clean sheet tomorrow , however if it ' s Derby 0 , I reckon we will get at least a point ![/p][/quote]If it's Derby 0, we will definitely get at least a point lol. Know what you're getting at though, just couldn't resist it. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Back to basics , well Eddie just play the players , that can play at this level . Do not play anyone who cannot play at this level . I won't name them , but most people know who those players are , Nat1234

9:53am Sat 22 Feb 14

ReluctantNicko says...

I can see the Cherries getting a real hammering here - Bamford hat-trick in a 5-1 Rams win. You heard it here first!!!!!!!
I can see the Cherries getting a real hammering here - Bamford hat-trick in a 5-1 Rams win. You heard it here first!!!!!!! ReluctantNicko

10:06am Sat 22 Feb 14

devon fan says...

the fact that we can not keep a clean sheet would not worry me if we could score at the other end, instead of spending a week concentrating on keeping goals out we would be better off preparing the team to the job all over the pitch
the fact that we can not keep a clean sheet would not worry me if we could score at the other end, instead of spending a week concentrating on keeping goals out we would be better off preparing the team to the job all over the pitch devon fan

10:11am Sat 22 Feb 14

Square Old Codger says...

I thought that there was evidence of this last week when Burnley's potent attack was blunted, with two of our better defenders out.. But with only three clean sheets in the League all Season and these against the relegationd favouites and the second highest goals against in the Division it is an area of concern. But the change of keeper has been a crucial part of the tightening up and providing we can avoid injuries, all will be well. Eddie used the transfer window well, both in strenghtening the team and bringing in three good young prospects, who may well be needed given the number of fixtures we play in March. But we will need a little luck, but then who doesn't.!
I thought that there was evidence of this last week when Burnley's potent attack was blunted, with two of our better defenders out.. But with only three clean sheets in the League all Season and these against the relegationd favouites and the second highest goals against in the Division it is an area of concern. But the change of keeper has been a crucial part of the tightening up and providing we can avoid injuries, all will be well. Eddie used the transfer window well, both in strenghtening the team and bringing in three good young prospects, who may well be needed given the number of fixtures we play in March. But we will need a little luck, but then who doesn't.! Square Old Codger

10:55am Sat 22 Feb 14

abc100 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
awayanchors wrote:
raybren wrote: Can ' t see us getting a clean sheet tomorrow , however if it ' s Derby 0 , I reckon we will get at least a point !
If it's Derby 0, we will definitely get at least a point lol. Know what you're getting at though, just couldn't resist it. UTCIAD
Back to basics , well Eddie just play the players , that can play at this level . Do not play anyone who cannot play at this level . I won't name them , but most people know who those players are ,
Please enlighten us all with your vast knowledge as to who should be picked to play, please mention names as your not usually shy in letting us all know how awful some of our players are!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awayanchors[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Can ' t see us getting a clean sheet tomorrow , however if it ' s Derby 0 , I reckon we will get at least a point ![/p][/quote]If it's Derby 0, we will definitely get at least a point lol. Know what you're getting at though, just couldn't resist it. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Back to basics , well Eddie just play the players , that can play at this level . Do not play anyone who cannot play at this level . I won't name them , but most people know who those players are ,[/p][/quote]Please enlighten us all with your vast knowledge as to who should be picked to play, please mention names as your not usually shy in letting us all know how awful some of our players are!!!! abc100

11:14am Sat 22 Feb 14

ASM says...

allsop is the reason our defensive record isn't good on paper. i think it's being clinical at the other end that needs improving.
I am not complaining though. it has been a brilliant season so far and grabban has been outstanding
allsop is the reason our defensive record isn't good on paper. i think it's being clinical at the other end that needs improving. I am not complaining though. it has been a brilliant season so far and grabban has been outstanding ASM

12:25pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bigfatsteve says...

ASM wrote:
allsop is the reason our defensive record isn't good on paper. i think it's being clinical at the other end that needs improving.
I am not complaining though. it has been a brilliant season so far and grabban has been outstanding
Er would that be the same Ryan Allsop that kept six clean sheets in the last ten games of the season, which gave us promotion to the Champinship. Probably the two most pivotal players of last season, Pitman for his goals and Allsop for his ability to keep them out, are the two players this season who are taking the most criticism from so called supporters.
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: allsop is the reason our defensive record isn't good on paper. i think it's being clinical at the other end that needs improving. I am not complaining though. it has been a brilliant season so far and grabban has been outstanding[/p][/quote]Er would that be the same Ryan Allsop that kept six clean sheets in the last ten games of the season, which gave us promotion to the Champinship. Probably the two most pivotal players of last season, Pitman for his goals and Allsop for his ability to keep them out, are the two players this season who are taking the most criticism from so called supporters. bigfatsteve

2:24pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Nat1234 says...

abc100 wrote:
Nat1234 wrote:
awayanchors wrote:
raybren wrote: Can ' t see us getting a clean sheet tomorrow , however if it ' s Derby 0 , I reckon we will get at least a point !
If it's Derby 0, we will definitely get at least a point lol. Know what you're getting at though, just couldn't resist it. UTCIAD
Back to basics , well Eddie just play the players , that can play at this level . Do not play anyone who cannot play at this level . I won't name them , but most people know who those players are ,
Please enlighten us all with your vast knowledge as to who should be picked to play, please mention names as your not usually shy in letting us all know how awful some of our players are!!!!
Camp, Francis ,daniels if fit Cooke , ward if fit , okane , arter , Fraser , Ritchie , grabban , yann, our best 11 by far , and Pugh as first choice sub ...
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awayanchors[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Can ' t see us getting a clean sheet tomorrow , however if it ' s Derby 0 , I reckon we will get at least a point ![/p][/quote]If it's Derby 0, we will definitely get at least a point lol. Know what you're getting at though, just couldn't resist it. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Back to basics , well Eddie just play the players , that can play at this level . Do not play anyone who cannot play at this level . I won't name them , but most people know who those players are ,[/p][/quote]Please enlighten us all with your vast knowledge as to who should be picked to play, please mention names as your not usually shy in letting us all know how awful some of our players are!!!![/p][/quote]Camp, Francis ,daniels if fit Cooke , ward if fit , okane , arter , Fraser , Ritchie , grabban , yann, our best 11 by far , and Pugh as first choice sub ... Nat1234

3:15pm Sat 22 Feb 14

ASM says...

bigfatsteve wrote:
ASM wrote:
allsop is the reason our defensive record isn't good on paper. i think it's being clinical at the other end that needs improving.
I am not complaining though. it has been a brilliant season so far and grabban has been outstanding
Er would that be the same Ryan Allsop that kept six clean sheets in the last ten games of the season, which gave us promotion to the Champinship. Probably the two most pivotal players of last season, Pitman for his goals and Allsop for his ability to keep them out, are the two players this season who are taking the most criticism from so called supporters.
yeah the same one who can't control his defence, doesn't know where to stand or when to come out and claim the ball and the same one who conceded 6 against watford and 5 against the huddies. I thought he was brilliant last year, but this season at this level he has been well below par and being the most important player on the pitch any mistakes are crucial for keepers.
[quote][p][bold]bigfatsteve[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: allsop is the reason our defensive record isn't good on paper. i think it's being clinical at the other end that needs improving. I am not complaining though. it has been a brilliant season so far and grabban has been outstanding[/p][/quote]Er would that be the same Ryan Allsop that kept six clean sheets in the last ten games of the season, which gave us promotion to the Champinship. Probably the two most pivotal players of last season, Pitman for his goals and Allsop for his ability to keep them out, are the two players this season who are taking the most criticism from so called supporters.[/p][/quote]yeah the same one who can't control his defence, doesn't know where to stand or when to come out and claim the ball and the same one who conceded 6 against watford and 5 against the huddies. I thought he was brilliant last year, but this season at this level he has been well below par and being the most important player on the pitch any mistakes are crucial for keepers. ASM

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