AFC Bournemouth boss Howe: Harte adds a bit of steel

Bournemouth Echo: CLASS ACT: Cherries defender Ian Harte CLASS ACT: Cherries defender Ian Harte

MANAGER Eddie Howe believes Ian Harte has added “a bit of steel” to Cherries and says his experience has been a key ingredient during their impressive recent run.

Harte, who stepped in to replace the injured Charlie Daniels at the end of January, has been instrumental as Cherries have kept four successive clean sheets.

The unflappable Irishman again showed his class and was the pick of the defence as Cherries battled out a 0-0 draw with Championship rivals Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Cultured left-back Harte, 36, who was restricted to eight league and cup appearances during the first six months of the season, made his eighth consecutive start against Boro.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “There are no first choices in any position here and everyone has to earn the right to play and to be one of the first names on the team-sheet.

“What Ian has done has been so impressive because he never moaned when he was out of the team and has let his football do the talking. He hasn’t been a minute’s problem and is a model professional.

“It is a satisfying feeling when you see someone who conducts himself so well off the pitch get his rewards on it and I am really pleased for him.

“He helps us manage games and, at delicate times in certain games, you know he will make the right decisions and advise his team-mates to make the right decisions as well. I don’t think you can put a price on that experience.

“He has played at the very highest level and deservedly so. He is a wily campaigner. He is one of the first ones in the ear of the referee when there is a contentious decision and sometimes you need that. You can’t be too nice and I think he has added a bit of steel to our side.”

Howe also paid tribute to Harte after the defender had sportingly put the ball out of play so Mustapha Carayol could receive treatment following an awkward fall during the closing stages of the contest.

The Gambian winger was attended to by medical staff from both camps before being stretchered off with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

“It was a measure of the man,” said Howe of Harte’s actions. “Although I was slightly torn at the time, when you reflect after the game, it was a terrific decision and very sportsmanlike. We preach that here so I take my hat off to him for the fact he did it.

“He could have played in Tokelo Rantie and we could have countered but he knew the lad was seriously hurt and I thought it was a rare show of sportsmanship in an age where you don’t see things like that very often so full credit to him.”

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7:11am Mon 17 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

I think I'd be right in saying that not too many on here were thinking that Harte could fill in for Daniels, how wrong we were! Though not the same player he brings something different again to the team. It is great to see the depth of talent in our squad and the cover it affords us when required. After Ward's performances Tommy Elphick had his work cut out replacing him, now how does Elliott get his place back? It's a nice problem for E&J to have.
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I think I'd be right in saying that not too many on here were thinking that Harte could fill in for Daniels, how wrong we were! Though not the same player he brings something different again to the team. It is great to see the depth of talent in our squad and the cover it affords us when required. After Ward's performances Tommy Elphick had his work cut out replacing him, now how does Elliott get his place back? It's a nice problem for E&J to have. UTC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 14

8:48am Mon 17 Mar 14

abc100 says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
I think I'd be right in saying that not too many on here were thinking that Harte could fill in for Daniels, how wrong we were! Though not the same player he brings something different again to the team. It is great to see the depth of talent in our squad and the cover it affords us when required. After Ward's performances Tommy Elphick had his work cut out replacing him, now how does Elliott get his place back? It's a nice problem for E&J to have. UTC
Perfectly put
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: I think I'd be right in saying that not too many on here were thinking that Harte could fill in for Daniels, how wrong we were! Though not the same player he brings something different again to the team. It is great to see the depth of talent in our squad and the cover it affords us when required. After Ward's performances Tommy Elphick had his work cut out replacing him, now how does Elliott get his place back? It's a nice problem for E&J to have. UTC[/p][/quote]Perfectly put abc100
  • Score: 4

10:18am Mon 17 Mar 14

Afcb-AJ says...

I have to say I am impressed by Harte when I went up to Forest he was torn apart and was subbed at half time didn't think he had the legs for the league but now is showing class shame he isn't abit younger and quicker but like ED said you cant buy experience like he has and if he was younger I think he would be playing prem football still it also gives Daniel's some good time to heal properly as we keep rushing him back its not doing him any good in the long run. I still want to see a Ian Harte free kick rip the net down at the fletch end !
I have to say I am impressed by Harte when I went up to Forest he was torn apart and was subbed at half time didn't think he had the legs for the league but now is showing class shame he isn't abit younger and quicker but like ED said you cant buy experience like he has and if he was younger I think he would be playing prem football still it also gives Daniel's some good time to heal properly as we keep rushing him back its not doing him any good in the long run. I still want to see a Ian Harte free kick rip the net down at the fletch end ! Afcb-AJ
  • Score: 5

10:52am Mon 17 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Afcb-AJ wrote:
I have to say I am impressed by Harte when I went up to Forest he was torn apart and was subbed at half time didn't think he had the legs for the league but now is showing class shame he isn't abit younger and quicker but like ED said you cant buy experience like he has and if he was younger I think he would be playing prem football still it also gives Daniel's some good time to heal properly as we keep rushing him back its not doing him any good in the long run. I still want to see a Ian Harte free kick rip the net down at the fletch end !
...........hopefully against L**ds on Tuesday week!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Afcb-AJ[/bold] wrote: I have to say I am impressed by Harte when I went up to Forest he was torn apart and was subbed at half time didn't think he had the legs for the league but now is showing class shame he isn't abit younger and quicker but like ED said you cant buy experience like he has and if he was younger I think he would be playing prem football still it also gives Daniel's some good time to heal properly as we keep rushing him back its not doing him any good in the long run. I still want to see a Ian Harte free kick rip the net down at the fletch end ![/p][/quote]...........hopefully against L**ds on Tuesday week!!!!!! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 5

11:26am Mon 17 Mar 14

Afcb-AJ says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Afcb-AJ wrote:
I have to say I am impressed by Harte when I went up to Forest he was torn apart and was subbed at half time didn't think he had the legs for the league but now is showing class shame he isn't abit younger and quicker but like ED said you cant buy experience like he has and if he was younger I think he would be playing prem football still it also gives Daniel's some good time to heal properly as we keep rushing him back its not doing him any good in the long run. I still want to see a Ian Harte free kick rip the net down at the fletch end !
...........hopefully against L**ds on Tuesday week!!!!!!
Indeed we owe them !
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcb-AJ[/bold] wrote: I have to say I am impressed by Harte when I went up to Forest he was torn apart and was subbed at half time didn't think he had the legs for the league but now is showing class shame he isn't abit younger and quicker but like ED said you cant buy experience like he has and if he was younger I think he would be playing prem football still it also gives Daniel's some good time to heal properly as we keep rushing him back its not doing him any good in the long run. I still want to see a Ian Harte free kick rip the net down at the fletch end ![/p][/quote]...........hopefully against L**ds on Tuesday week!!!!!![/p][/quote]Indeed we owe them ! Afcb-AJ
  • Score: 3

3:16pm Mon 17 Mar 14

raybren says...

What you get with an experienced player like Harte is the " wise old head " , plus he never gives the ball away , an essential at this level .
What you get with an experienced player like Harte is the " wise old head " , plus he never gives the ball away , an essential at this level . raybren
  • Score: 3

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