AFC Bournemouth boss Howe: Beware of Blackburn backlash

DANGER MAN: Jordan Rhodes

DANGER MAN: Jordan Rhodes

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

MANAGER Eddie Howe will warn his Cherries players to be wary of a Blackburn backlash when they step out for the second leg of their North West double-header.

Cherries will be hoping to follow up their 1-0 win at Blackpool on Saturday with another positive result when they face Rovers at Ewood Park tonight (7.45pm).

The clash comes just three days after Blackburn surrendered the east Lancashire bragging rights when they were beaten by bitter rivals Burnley for the first time in 35 years.

A late winner from former Cherries star Danny Ings helped the Clarets open an eight-point gap in second place after Jordan Rhodes had drawn first blood for Rovers at Ewood.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “It has all the makings of being a good game. Blackburn are another big club in the Championship and Ewood Park is a great stadium. Their pitch is excellent so it will be good to play on a nice surface.

“They are probably hurting from the derby defeat and I think that will make it a very interesting game. It is a difficult one to judge because it had been such a long time since they had lost a derby. They are such keenly-contested games that it would have been seen as a big loss for them.

“They are a good side and have some dangerous players so, however it has affected them, we know it will be a very difficult game. We were delighted to get three points at Blackpool and now we want another three.

“The fact we won on Saturday will not change our thought process because we go into every game wanting to win. In some senses, it may take a bit of the pressure off us. We can have a real go at Blackburn and see what we can do. I think our players have proved time and time again this season that we are a good side and we have nothing to fear.”

Howe knows Cherries will need to keep tabs on Rovers’ leading goalscorer Rhodes, who ended a nine-match barren run to notch his 17th of the season against Burnley, and be mindful of Tommy Spurr’s huge throws.

“Jordan Rhodes took his goal very well on Sunday,” added Howe. “He is a good player and has 17 goals this season, so he is an obvious threat.

“I am not sure there is a lot you can do about the long throw. We have worked on it and will do some more but I don’t think anything can really prepare you for the real thing.”

Howe will make a late check on the fitness of Harry Arter and Yann Kermorgant and reported no fresh injury concerns following a hard-fought win at Blackpool.

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10:12am Wed 12 Mar 14

Yorkie Cherry says...

I am guessing that if Arter is fit, Pitman will make way and just have Grabban up front. I don't think Yann will be risked tonight..

Good luck to the lads. Here's hoping for another three points but I will settle for one.
I am guessing that if Arter is fit, Pitman will make way and just have Grabban up front. I don't think Yann will be risked tonight.. Good luck to the lads. Here's hoping for another three points but I will settle for one. Yorkie Cherry
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10:23am Wed 12 Mar 14

ianbthomson says...

I think that confidence is high and I am going for a 2 - 1 win to us!!

Would mean that we would jump above dirty Leeds, Boro and and possible Uddersfield,. into 12th, depending on their game against Charlton tonight
I think that confidence is high and I am going for a 2 - 1 win to us!! Would mean that we would jump above dirty Leeds, Boro and and possible Uddersfield,. into 12th, depending on their game against Charlton tonight ianbthomson
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10:48am Wed 12 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

ianbthomson wrote:
I think that confidence is high and I am going for a 2 - 1 win to us!! Would mean that we would jump above dirty Leeds, Boro and and possible Uddersfield,. into 12th, depending on their game against Charlton tonight
A big ask but why not!! I would love it we could overtake L**ds before giving them a pasting at DC!
Good luck tonight boys & all supporters travelling up there, I will be with you via Cherries player.
UTC
[quote][p][bold]ianbthomson[/bold] wrote: I think that confidence is high and I am going for a 2 - 1 win to us!! Would mean that we would jump above dirty Leeds, Boro and and possible Uddersfield,. into 12th, depending on their game against Charlton tonight[/p][/quote]A big ask but why not!! I would love it we could overtake L**ds before giving them a pasting at DC! Good luck tonight boys & all supporters travelling up there, I will be with you via Cherries player. UTC TedMacsCherryPants
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11:12am Wed 12 Mar 14

ianbthomson says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
ianbthomson wrote:
I think that confidence is high and I am going for a 2 - 1 win to us!! Would mean that we would jump above dirty Leeds, Boro and and possible Uddersfield,. into 12th, depending on their game against Charlton tonight
A big ask but why not!! I would love it we could overtake L**ds before giving them a pasting at DC!
Good luck tonight boys & all supporters travelling up there, I will be with you via Cherries player.
UTC
Yes I think we can do them tonight and will be following the game closely on the radio and Internet. We have already beaten teams like Reading away and we are playing better now, so why not!!

With regard to the Leeds game on Tuesday 25th March, there are basically only a small handful of tickets left in the North, East and Main Stands and tickets are selling well in the Ted MacDougall stand. Should be pretty much a full house tom watch us beat them :)
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ianbthomson[/bold] wrote: I think that confidence is high and I am going for a 2 - 1 win to us!! Would mean that we would jump above dirty Leeds, Boro and and possible Uddersfield,. into 12th, depending on their game against Charlton tonight[/p][/quote]A big ask but why not!! I would love it we could overtake L**ds before giving them a pasting at DC! Good luck tonight boys & all supporters travelling up there, I will be with you via Cherries player. UTC[/p][/quote]Yes I think we can do them tonight and will be following the game closely on the radio and Internet. We have already beaten teams like Reading away and we are playing better now, so why not!! With regard to the Leeds game on Tuesday 25th March, there are basically only a small handful of tickets left in the North, East and Main Stands and tickets are selling well in the Ted MacDougall stand. Should be pretty much a full house tom watch us beat them :) ianbthomson
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1:12pm Wed 12 Mar 14

bobsworthforever says...

Blackburn were the best team ive seen at Dean Court this season but we wernt playing as well then would like to know the team first but not over hopeful a draw at best tonight
Blackburn were the best team ive seen at Dean Court this season but we wernt playing as well then would like to know the team first but not over hopeful a draw at best tonight bobsworthforever
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6:37pm Wed 12 Mar 14

nonnogeppetto says...

TedMacsCherryPants I now know what happened the other day. It happened again today when I tried to post something. Even though I was logged in it asked me again to login when I clicked on 'post comment'! So I take back all that said about the Echo.

Regarding tonight's game I think that we are becoming more and more confident and we should get something out the game if not the three points we should play well enough for a draw (prefer the former!!) Up the mighty Cherries
TedMacsCherryPants I now know what happened the other day. It happened again today when I tried to post something. Even though I was logged in it asked me again to login when I clicked on 'post comment'! So I take back all that said about the Echo. Regarding tonight's game I think that we are becoming more and more confident and we should get something out the game if not the three points we should play well enough for a draw (prefer the former!!) Up the mighty Cherries nonnogeppetto
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