AFC Bournemouth boss Howe: 'There is more to come from this team'

MORE TO COME: AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

MORE TO COME: AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

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MANAGER Eddie Howe insists improving Cherries are still a work in progress and is adamant there is “more to come” from his team.

Howe has seen Cherries climb five places to 12th in the Championship thanks to a hat-trick of victories combined with three successive clean sheets.

And while the midweek win at Blackburn should have dispelled any lingering relegation fears, a fourth triumph against Middlesbrough tomorrow could take Cherries to within touching distance of the play-off places.

Howe, who has guided Cherries to two promotions during his two spells at Dean Court, told the Daily Echo: “There are a lot of games to go and a lot of points to play for. If you looked at us against Blackburn, you wouldn’t have thought we were going to get involved in a relegation fight.

“But, football being football, you need to get the points and the wins so we will continue to keep our feet on the floor but recognise we are building nicely. We are still not the finished article and there is more to come from this team. That is our next challenge.”

Cherries, competing in the second flight for the first time since 1990, looked set to face a battle to avoid an instant return to League One when a barren run of one win in 11 games between mid-September and early December saw them slip from seventh to 19th.

The sequence had started when they surrendered a 2-0 lead and drew 3-3 at Middlesbrough where Jonathan Woodgate’s late own goal rescued a point. And after winning their first two home games, Cherries then lost five of the next eight at Dean Court.

However, since recording a morale-boosting 2-1 victory at Reading in December, Howe’s men have turned the tide, with seven wins and five draws from their past 16 games putting them on course for an intriguing climax to the season.

“We have found better ways to try to break down teams and have a few added weapons in our armoury, which, hopefully, has made us a more difficult proposition,” said Howe.

“I would like to think we have become harder to beat.”

Previewing the visit of Middlesbrough, who appointed Aitor Karanka as Tony Mowbray’s successor earlier this season, Howe said: “With the new manager, they will have no doubt changed and slightly tweaked things and it will be another good test for us. Middlesbrough are a big club with a big tradition.”

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8:34am Fri 14 Mar 14

canfordcherry says...

We should have enough in the tank to beat them, though it will be close I think.

Why no mention of Supa's award from the Football League? He is being awarded the Tom Finney Trophy on Sunday (formally the 'credit to the game trophy') for his long service to the Cherries! Well done Fletch!!!
We should have enough in the tank to beat them, though it will be close I think. Why no mention of Supa's award from the Football League? He is being awarded the Tom Finney Trophy on Sunday (formally the 'credit to the game trophy') for his long service to the Cherries! Well done Fletch!!! canfordcherry
  • Score: 14

9:48am Fri 14 Mar 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

canfordcherry wrote:
We should have enough in the tank to beat them, though it will be close I think.

Why no mention of Supa's award from the Football League? He is being awarded the Tom Finney Trophy on Sunday (formally the 'credit to the game trophy') for his long service to the Cherries! Well done Fletch!!!
I think it was the Fulham manager who after we beat them said the difference between them and us is that we did not have a Steve Fletcher in our team
[quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: We should have enough in the tank to beat them, though it will be close I think. Why no mention of Supa's award from the Football League? He is being awarded the Tom Finney Trophy on Sunday (formally the 'credit to the game trophy') for his long service to the Cherries! Well done Fletch!!![/p][/quote]I think it was the Fulham manager who after we beat them said the difference between them and us is that we did not have a Steve Fletcher in our team RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 4

10:30am Fri 14 Mar 14

Square Old Codger says...

If all goes well in the next two games, the primary object for this Season may well be achieved - a place in next Season's Championship. We then may see a more expansive game. With so many good young players in the squad yet to reach their peak we have the basis of a top 6 team next Season, they couldn't have a better pair than Eddie and Jason to help them improve. The rest of the Season should enable everyone to relax and enjoy the game.
If all goes well in the next two games, the primary object for this Season may well be achieved - a place in next Season's Championship. We then may see a more expansive game. With so many good young players in the squad yet to reach their peak we have the basis of a top 6 team next Season, they couldn't have a better pair than Eddie and Jason to help them improve. The rest of the Season should enable everyone to relax and enjoy the game. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 6

10:44am Fri 14 Mar 14

cherrychris75 says...

Congratulations fletch. First recipient of the the sir tom Finney award for services to one club
Congratulations fletch. First recipient of the the sir tom Finney award for services to one club cherrychris75
  • Score: 5

2:13pm Fri 14 Mar 14

johnimpey says...

cherrychris75 wrote:
Congratulations fletch. First recipient of the the sir tom Finney award for services to one club
4 clubs
[quote][p][bold]cherrychris75[/bold] wrote: Congratulations fletch. First recipient of the the sir tom Finney award for services to one club[/p][/quote]4 clubs johnimpey
  • Score: -3

3:20pm Fri 14 Mar 14

cherrychris75 says...

johnimpey wrote:
cherrychris75 wrote: Congratulations fletch. First recipient of the the sir tom Finney award for services to one club
4 clubs
His heart has only been at 1 club then
[quote][p][bold]johnimpey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherrychris75[/bold] wrote: Congratulations fletch. First recipient of the the sir tom Finney award for services to one club[/p][/quote]4 clubs[/p][/quote]His heart has only been at 1 club then cherrychris75
  • Score: 2

4:42pm Fri 14 Mar 14

abc100 says...

johnimpey wrote:
cherrychris75 wrote: Congratulations fletch. First recipient of the the sir tom Finney award for services to one club
4 clubs
5
[quote][p][bold]johnimpey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherrychris75[/bold] wrote: Congratulations fletch. First recipient of the the sir tom Finney award for services to one club[/p][/quote]4 clubs[/p][/quote]5 abc100
  • Score: 2

6:55pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Nat1234 says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
If all goes well in the next two games, the primary object for this Season may well be achieved - a place in next Season's Championship. We then may see a more expansive game. With so many good young players in the squad yet to reach their peak we have the basis of a top 6 team next Season, they couldn't have a better pair than Eddie and Jason to help them improve. The rest of the Season should enable everyone to relax and enjoy the game.
And if we finish in the top 12 ' we will attract some good players to the squad ..
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: If all goes well in the next two games, the primary object for this Season may well be achieved - a place in next Season's Championship. We then may see a more expansive game. With so many good young players in the squad yet to reach their peak we have the basis of a top 6 team next Season, they couldn't have a better pair than Eddie and Jason to help them improve. The rest of the Season should enable everyone to relax and enjoy the game.[/p][/quote]And if we finish in the top 12 ' we will attract some good players to the squad .. Nat1234
  • Score: -4

9:12pm Fri 14 Mar 14

afcdibby says...

Locate prozac.
1234 drop.
Arhh that's better.
Locate prozac. 1234 drop. Arhh that's better. afcdibby
  • Score: 0

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