AFC Bournemouth boss Howe: We could still make play-offs

Bournemouth Echo: POSITIVE OUTLOOK: AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe POSITIVE OUTLOOK: AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

BOSS Eddie Howe has challenged Cherries to extend their unbeaten run to the end of March and throw wide open the race for the Championship play-offs.

The Dean Court side have taken 10 points out of 12 from contests against Doncaster, Blackpool, Blackburn and Middlesbrough and Howe reckons a similar return from the remainder of this month’s fixtures will put his team in a useful position.

Cherries will move to within eight points of the top six if they secure victory at struggling Charlton tonight and Howe believes his squad should not lack motivation to secure three points.

He told the Daily Echo: “It’s a huge incentive for us to go into this game and give it our all to win it.

“With so many fixtures to come and so many points available, we can still achieve despite the draw on Saturday (against Middlesbrough). The gap is so small to the teams above us.

“With a consistent run, we could still make it (the top six).

“At this stage of the season when there are so many points to play for, why not?

“It’s about getting our own players to believe how close it is and getting them to see we’re not far away.

“We’ve been on a really good run with 10 points out of 12. A similar run to that in the next four fixtures and we won’t be far away.”

Striker Yann Kermorgant (heel) is rated 50-50 to feature against his former club, having departed the Valley in the January transfer window.

Charlton will be without long-standing knee injury victim Chris Solly while fellow defender Leon Cort (knee) has an outside chance of returning to the fold.

The Addicks yesterday signed striker Jon Obika on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season.

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6:20am Tue 18 Mar 14

pokesdown1 says...

Possible, but not with the standard of refereeing in the Championship considering the financial prize at stake.

Applies to all leagues though ,with the swan diving and screaming that goes on.You never know.
Possible, but not with the standard of refereeing in the Championship considering the financial prize at stake. Applies to all leagues though ,with the swan diving and screaming that goes on.You never know. pokesdown1
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6:32am Tue 18 Mar 14

Exiled Red says...

We were 150/1 to get promoted last Tuesday which dropped to 66/1 after Blackburn. Personally I think we will achieve about 66 points, which won't be quite enough, but would still be a remarkable first season.
We were 150/1 to get promoted last Tuesday which dropped to 66/1 after Blackburn. Personally I think we will achieve about 66 points, which won't be quite enough, but would still be a remarkable first season. Exiled Red
  • Score: 13

7:43am Tue 18 Mar 14

kangman2012 says...

Great incentive Eddie but we've probably dropped too many points already, but as they say "strange things happen at sea". It would be a massive achievement to make the playoffs and no doubt the extra income would be welcome. "Go for it" boys and if we don't quite make it then this season will of been a solid foundation to push on from for next season. Best of luck tonight boys for a positive result and hopefully 3 points in the bag - UTC!
Great incentive Eddie but we've probably dropped too many points already, but as they say "strange things happen at sea". It would be a massive achievement to make the playoffs and no doubt the extra income would be welcome. "Go for it" boys and if we don't quite make it then this season will of been a solid foundation to push on from for next season. Best of luck tonight boys for a positive result and hopefully 3 points in the bag - UTC! kangman2012
  • Score: 4

7:44am Tue 18 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

pokesdown1 wrote:
Possible, but not with the standard of refereeing in the Championship considering the financial prize at stake.

Applies to all leagues though ,with the swan diving and screaming that goes on.You never know.
With in excess of 120 million pounds at stack inept refereeing decisions could cost a club a fortune !
[quote][p][bold]pokesdown1[/bold] wrote: Possible, but not with the standard of refereeing in the Championship considering the financial prize at stake. Applies to all leagues though ,with the swan diving and screaming that goes on.You never know.[/p][/quote]With in excess of 120 million pounds at stack inept refereeing decisions could cost a club a fortune ! alasdair1967
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7:54am Tue 18 Mar 14

afcb-mark says...

I thought the exact same thing last week Eddie and put my money on a play off place. 40/1 so come on lads do your best to make it happen.
I thought the exact same thing last week Eddie and put my money on a play off place. 40/1 so come on lads do your best to make it happen. afcb-mark
  • Score: 6

8:19am Tue 18 Mar 14

mark.s says...

Brave man Mark putting money on it, fair play. Think it's too far fetched personally, but a top half finish would be fantastic.

Come on lads tonight, I'll be there!
Brave man Mark putting money on it, fair play. Think it's too far fetched personally, but a top half finish would be fantastic. Come on lads tonight, I'll be there! mark.s
  • Score: 8

9:42am Tue 18 Mar 14

swanagecherrie says...

At the beginning of the season one spot above the drop was what we all would be happy with. January it was mid table, March thinking of playoffs. The club has been fantastic this season I think the play offs are just out of reach tho, surly nobody can be unhappy with what we have achieved with a lot of players in the squad that have never played in the championship before. With the next 4 games winnable lets go for that record of 4 back to back wins again, dare I say 8 clean sheets (maybe a little over ambitious there)
At the beginning of the season one spot above the drop was what we all would be happy with. January it was mid table, March thinking of playoffs. The club has been fantastic this season I think the play offs are just out of reach tho, surly nobody can be unhappy with what we have achieved with a lot of players in the squad that have never played in the championship before. With the next 4 games winnable lets go for that record of 4 back to back wins again, dare I say 8 clean sheets (maybe a little over ambitious there) swanagecherrie
  • Score: 3

10:23am Tue 18 Mar 14

turbo14 says...

kangman2012 wrote:
Great incentive Eddie but we've probably dropped too many points already, but as they say "strange things happen at sea". It would be a massive achievement to make the playoffs and no doubt the extra income would be welcome. "Go for it" boys and if we don't quite make it then this season will of been a solid foundation to push on from for next season. Best of luck tonight boys for a positive result and hopefully 3 points in the bag - UTC!
who says strange things happen at sea lol
[quote][p][bold]kangman2012[/bold] wrote: Great incentive Eddie but we've probably dropped too many points already, but as they say "strange things happen at sea". It would be a massive achievement to make the playoffs and no doubt the extra income would be welcome. "Go for it" boys and if we don't quite make it then this season will of been a solid foundation to push on from for next season. Best of luck tonight boys for a positive result and hopefully 3 points in the bag - UTC![/p][/quote]who says strange things happen at sea lol turbo14
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10:23am Tue 18 Mar 14

turbo14 says...

kangman2012 wrote:
Great incentive Eddie but we've probably dropped too many points already, but as they say "strange things happen at sea". It would be a massive achievement to make the playoffs and no doubt the extra income would be welcome. "Go for it" boys and if we don't quite make it then this season will of been a solid foundation to push on from for next season. Best of luck tonight boys for a positive result and hopefully 3 points in the bag - UTC!
who says starnge things happen at sea lol
[quote][p][bold]kangman2012[/bold] wrote: Great incentive Eddie but we've probably dropped too many points already, but as they say "strange things happen at sea". It would be a massive achievement to make the playoffs and no doubt the extra income would be welcome. "Go for it" boys and if we don't quite make it then this season will of been a solid foundation to push on from for next season. Best of luck tonight boys for a positive result and hopefully 3 points in the bag - UTC![/p][/quote]who says starnge things happen at sea lol turbo14
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10:35am Tue 18 Mar 14

Square Old Codger says...

Unlikely, I fear, our failure to take chances makes it unlikely. But for Eddie to say that demonstrates both his confidence in his players and as measure of the improvement that there has been this Season, to finish in the top ten would be quite an achievement and there's every chance of that. Do hope that Yann's heel permits him to play, he is so good in the air and will I am sure make something of the crosses our wide men put in. Good luck tonight, lads.
Unlikely, I fear, our failure to take chances makes it unlikely. But for Eddie to say that demonstrates both his confidence in his players and as measure of the improvement that there has been this Season, to finish in the top ten would be quite an achievement and there's every chance of that. Do hope that Yann's heel permits him to play, he is so good in the air and will I am sure make something of the crosses our wide men put in. Good luck tonight, lads. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 2

10:56am Tue 18 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

I'd settle for our best position in the league (11th or higher) this season, though I admire EHs confidence. In many ways it would be a nightmare to end up in the play-offs and fumble our way into the Premiership for a season, bl**dy exciting though!!
I'd settle for our best position in the league (11th or higher) this season, though I admire EHs confidence. In many ways it would be a nightmare to end up in the play-offs and fumble our way into the Premiership for a season, bl**dy exciting though!! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

2:35pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Cherryfan says...

Me the old pessimist always cringes when players/managers make comments like this just before what seems to be a winnable match. Lets hope it doesn't look an embarrasssing article tomorrow morning! Good luck tonight lads.
Me the old pessimist always cringes when players/managers make comments like this just before what seems to be a winnable match. Lets hope it doesn't look an embarrasssing article tomorrow morning! Good luck tonight lads. Cherryfan
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3:20pm Tue 18 Mar 14

kangman2012 says...

Cherryfan wrote:
Me the old pessimist always cringes when players/managers make comments like this just before what seems to be a winnable match. Lets hope it doesn't look an embarrasssing article tomorrow morning! Good luck tonight lads.
Agreed - we do seem to want to "tempt fate" a little too often. I wish the Echo would save these stories for a quite news day and not just before what could be a crucial match in mid-March - UTC!
[quote][p][bold]Cherryfan[/bold] wrote: Me the old pessimist always cringes when players/managers make comments like this just before what seems to be a winnable match. Lets hope it doesn't look an embarrasssing article tomorrow morning! Good luck tonight lads.[/p][/quote]Agreed - we do seem to want to "tempt fate" a little too often. I wish the Echo would save these stories for a quite news day and not just before what could be a crucial match in mid-March - UTC! kangman2012
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3:32pm Tue 18 Mar 14

smhinto says...

Cherryfan wrote:
Me the old pessimist always cringes when players/managers make comments like this just before what seems to be a winnable match. Lets hope it doesn't look an embarrasssing article tomorrow morning! Good luck tonight lads.
What is worrying me about tonights game is the fatique factor. We have played a lot of games in a short space of time. Mr Francis himself stated that the players were dead on their feet for the last 15 mins of the Middlesborough game. I just hope that the Charlton game is not a game too far. If we get a point tonight it will a good pay day. What we must not do ids let Charlton get their noses in front as that will pick them up considerably and we will then have to chase the game.
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This is a six pointer, they are third from bottom and we have to put as much distance between them and ourselves.
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Do not under estimate Charlton the have had two clean sheet in their last two games and have bought the young striker in from Spurs who's name escapes me.

As for Kermorgant It may not be a good idea to play him against his old club if there is any doubt about his fitness. Due to him being a former Charlton player he could attract some unwanted attention from their centre halves and they may play him out of the game simply beacuse they will know his strengths and weaknesses.
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Best leave him until the following game, if he is fit.
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Best of luck tonight AFCB.
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Regards
[quote][p][bold]Cherryfan[/bold] wrote: Me the old pessimist always cringes when players/managers make comments like this just before what seems to be a winnable match. Lets hope it doesn't look an embarrasssing article tomorrow morning! Good luck tonight lads.[/p][/quote]What is worrying me about tonights game is the fatique factor. We have played a lot of games in a short space of time. Mr Francis himself stated that the players were dead on their feet for the last 15 mins of the Middlesborough game. I just hope that the Charlton game is not a game too far. If we get a point tonight it will a good pay day. What we must not do ids let Charlton get their noses in front as that will pick them up considerably and we will then have to chase the game. . This is a six pointer, they are third from bottom and we have to put as much distance between them and ourselves. . Do not under estimate Charlton the have had two clean sheet in their last two games and have bought the young striker in from Spurs who's name escapes me. As for Kermorgant It may not be a good idea to play him against his old club if there is any doubt about his fitness. Due to him being a former Charlton player he could attract some unwanted attention from their centre halves and they may play him out of the game simply beacuse they will know his strengths and weaknesses. . Best leave him until the following game, if he is fit. . Best of luck tonight AFCB. . Regards smhinto
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4:58pm Tue 18 Mar 14

coops1965cherry says...

Why not, THE ONLY WAY IS UP ?

U T C I A D.
Why not, THE ONLY WAY IS UP ? U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 0

5:50pm Tue 18 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

smhinto wrote:
Cherryfan wrote:
Me the old pessimist always cringes when players/managers make comments like this just before what seems to be a winnable match. Lets hope it doesn't look an embarrasssing article tomorrow morning! Good luck tonight lads.
What is worrying me about tonights game is the fatique factor. We have played a lot of games in a short space of time. Mr Francis himself stated that the players were dead on their feet for the last 15 mins of the Middlesborough game. I just hope that the Charlton game is not a game too far. If we get a point tonight it will a good pay day. What we must not do ids let Charlton get their noses in front as that will pick them up considerably and we will then have to chase the game.
.
This is a six pointer, they are third from bottom and we have to put as much distance between them and ourselves.
.
Do not under estimate Charlton the have had two clean sheet in their last two games and have bought the young striker in from Spurs who's name escapes me.

As for Kermorgant It may not be a good idea to play him against his old club if there is any doubt about his fitness. Due to him being a former Charlton player he could attract some unwanted attention from their centre halves and they may play him out of the game simply beacuse they will know his strengths and weaknesses.
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Best leave him until the following game, if he is fit.
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Best of luck tonight AFCB.
.
Regards
These are professional sportsmen so there should be no fatigue issues yes they have played a lot of games they have had 72 hours to concentrate on this game ,all I hope for is another clean sheet and a decent referee
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cherryfan[/bold] wrote: Me the old pessimist always cringes when players/managers make comments like this just before what seems to be a winnable match. Lets hope it doesn't look an embarrasssing article tomorrow morning! Good luck tonight lads.[/p][/quote]What is worrying me about tonights game is the fatique factor. We have played a lot of games in a short space of time. Mr Francis himself stated that the players were dead on their feet for the last 15 mins of the Middlesborough game. I just hope that the Charlton game is not a game too far. If we get a point tonight it will a good pay day. What we must not do ids let Charlton get their noses in front as that will pick them up considerably and we will then have to chase the game. . This is a six pointer, they are third from bottom and we have to put as much distance between them and ourselves. . Do not under estimate Charlton the have had two clean sheet in their last two games and have bought the young striker in from Spurs who's name escapes me. As for Kermorgant It may not be a good idea to play him against his old club if there is any doubt about his fitness. Due to him being a former Charlton player he could attract some unwanted attention from their centre halves and they may play him out of the game simply beacuse they will know his strengths and weaknesses. . Best leave him until the following game, if he is fit. . Best of luck tonight AFCB. . Regards[/p][/quote]These are professional sportsmen so there should be no fatigue issues yes they have played a lot of games they have had 72 hours to concentrate on this game ,all I hope for is another clean sheet and a decent referee alasdair1967
  • Score: 1

6:14pm Tue 18 Mar 14

alasdair1967 says...

At the end of the day smhinto,by your own admission you have not watched them play live from the terrace,the players are giving 110% every game to try and break the opposition down to try and gain the points they justifiably deserve we are matching and beating teams that you said preseason we had no chance against ,what would you know you had us down for a relegation battle bet your seething that we have done so well !!!
At the end of the day smhinto,by your own admission you have not watched them play live from the terrace,the players are giving 110% every game to try and break the opposition down to try and gain the points they justifiably deserve we are matching and beating teams that you said preseason we had no chance against ,what would you know you had us down for a relegation battle bet your seething that we have done so well !!! alasdair1967
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9:26pm Tue 18 Mar 14

ReluctantNicko says...

Maybe Cherries will match Burnley's first season back in the Championship after promotion in 2000/2001.

We finished 7th on 73 points - just 2 point of the play-off places.
Maybe Cherries will match Burnley's first season back in the Championship after promotion in 2000/2001. We finished 7th on 73 points - just 2 point of the play-off places. ReluctantNicko
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9:28pm Tue 18 Mar 14

ReluctantNicko says...

The Cherries have done reasonably well in their first season but have been one of the division's big-spenders.
The Cherries have done reasonably well in their first season but have been one of the division's big-spenders. ReluctantNicko
  • Score: 0

9:53pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Cherryfan says...

Oh dear. Well Eddie a lesson learnt here, don't go shooting your mouth off eh!
Oh dear. Well Eddie a lesson learnt here, don't go shooting your mouth off eh! Cherryfan
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