AFC Bournemouth boss Howe: Play-offs still a big ask

Bournemouth Echo: CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

BOSS Eddie Howe saw Cherries continue their strong finish to the campaign and then said he felt it would be a “big ask” for them to sneak into the play-offs.

Steve Cook’s injury-time winner earned Cherries a 1-0 victory at Barnsley and saw them climb a place to 11th in the Championship – still 10 points adrift of sixth.

Howe said: “We would practically have to win every game which, at this level, is incredibly difficult. But while there is a chance, we will give it everything we can to see if we can get there. And if it isn’t this season, we will try to build and be better prepared for next season.”

Asked whether he felt Cherries would have exceeded expectations had the season already finished, Howe replied: “I would say we would have achieved our objective and that is how I would describe the season if it were to finish now.

"We would have achieved what we had wanted to do so you would have to say it had been a success. There is no denying it would have been a success if it had finished now and we are in a good position to move forward with a young team to try to get better next season.”

Discussing the win at Oakwell, Howe said: “Barnsley started well and had a couple of chances. But, overall, if you look at the game as a whole, I felt we were the dominant team and created more chances.

“But Barnsley are fighting for their lives and gave everything. It was hard on them and we know how they felt because we had the same on Tuesday. We lost to the last kick of the game at Charlton and it is a cruel one. I feel for them but I was really pleased for my team and our supporters.

“Football is a strange game. We were so low after Tuesday when we felt we had done enough to get another important point. To concede with practically the last kick of the game was a real sickener and then we did the same to Barnsley.

“I felt we deserved it. I don’t think there was any doubt about who had been the better team but we didn’t score when we should have and it took a set-piece at the end.

“It pleased me no end to get another clean sheet because that isn’t something we have been renowned for this season. But I think that has been the real improvement in the team in recent weeks.”

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4:11pm Sun 23 Mar 14

afcbtintin says...

We can but dream !

UTCIAD
We can but dream ! UTCIAD afcbtintin
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4:42pm Sun 23 Mar 14

rogthedodge123 says...

We still have to play Reading and if we beat them then its 7 pts from a play off place,therefore of course we can still do it and its not a dream,this team is getting better with every game and apart from the leaders then we are the equal of any of the teams above us,plus there is always a team every year that comes with a late rattle,and guess what........I believe it will be us as momentum is everything,.........
..come on the cherries.....you can do it.
We still have to play Reading and if we beat them then its 7 pts from a play off place,therefore of course we can still do it and its not a dream,this team is getting better with every game and apart from the leaders then we are the equal of any of the teams above us,plus there is always a team every year that comes with a late rattle,and guess what........I believe it will be us as momentum is everything,......... ..come on the cherries.....you can do it. rogthedodge123
  • Score: 1

5:52pm Sun 23 Mar 14

raybren says...

Nothing to lose now , maybe we could have a few 6 - 5 s !
Nothing to lose now , maybe we could have a few 6 - 5 s ! raybren
  • Score: 3

7:22pm Sun 23 Mar 14

golfer33 says...

A positive from the two last minute goals this week is, if both matches had ended 0-0 we would of only collected 2 points, instead we got 3 points.
Always a chance untill the maths say no. we are one of the better teams in this league.
A positive from the two last minute goals this week is, if both matches had ended 0-0 we would of only collected 2 points, instead we got 3 points. Always a chance untill the maths say no. we are one of the better teams in this league. golfer33
  • Score: 3

9:58am Mon 24 Mar 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

PLAY-OFFS ????, . . . with our out of form strikers you are all dreaming.
PLAY-OFFS ????, . . . with our out of form strikers you are all dreaming. RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: -1

10:03am Mon 24 Mar 14

Afcb-AJ says...

I feel Lee camp and Tommy elphick have added a voice in the back four I like Allsop but I don't think he had vocal command to the defence which Lee camp does the hardest thing will be keeping the likes of Cook, O'kane and grabban at the end of the year as they have been outstanding all season long I feel if we lost them in January it could have been a struggle but all we need is Rantie to step up which im sure he will as him grabs and kermo could be lethal
I feel Lee camp and Tommy elphick have added a voice in the back four I like Allsop but I don't think he had vocal command to the defence which Lee camp does the hardest thing will be keeping the likes of Cook, O'kane and grabban at the end of the year as they have been outstanding all season long I feel if we lost them in January it could have been a struggle but all we need is Rantie to step up which im sure he will as him grabs and kermo could be lethal Afcb-AJ
  • Score: 4

1:56pm Mon 24 Mar 14

devon fan says...

I do not think anyone really thought we might reach the playoffs this season, and with out obvious faults we probably will not, but providing we are still in the championship when next season commences we can look back realise what a good season this one was, b ut the faults we have need to be ironed out before next season in order to improve, this will mean players will need to the extra mile and the management will have to come up with some new ideas
I do not think anyone really thought we might reach the playoffs this season, and with out obvious faults we probably will not, but providing we are still in the championship when next season commences we can look back realise what a good season this one was, b ut the faults we have need to be ironed out before next season in order to improve, this will mean players will need to the extra mile and the management will have to come up with some new ideas devon fan
  • Score: 0

5:13pm Sat 5 Apr 14

AFCPaul says...

Can we stop going on about the play offs! We've only just got into this league and arent 100% safe just yet! Lets just take each game as its come as see where we end up. Lets only ook at the playoffs if we actually end up there. Yes, theres nothing wrong with being optimistic, but lets keep our feet on the ground and stay up for sure! :)
Can we stop going on about the play offs! We've only just got into this league and arent 100% safe just yet! Lets just take each game as its come as see where we end up. Lets only ook at the playoffs if we actually end up there. Yes, theres nothing wrong with being optimistic, but lets keep our feet on the ground and stay up for sure! :) AFCPaul
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Sat 5 Apr 14

AFCPaul says...

BRILLIANT WIN! What a substitution made by Eddie Howe, in Pitman. His only touch of the game, heading it off the line to deny them scoring in last few seconds! Huge credit to the players, put in a real shift despite having 10 men!
BRILLIANT WIN! What a substitution made by Eddie Howe, in Pitman. His only touch of the game, heading it off the line to deny them scoring in last few seconds! Huge credit to the players, put in a real shift despite having 10 men! AFCPaul
  • Score: 0

5:16pm Sat 5 Apr 14

AFCPaul says...

SHOULD ONLY BE POSITIVE COMMENTS AND PRAISE THIS EVENING, WE ARE CHAMPIONSHIP, SAY WE ARE CHAMPIONSHIP! :)
SHOULD ONLY BE POSITIVE COMMENTS AND PRAISE THIS EVENING, WE ARE CHAMPIONSHIP, SAY WE ARE CHAMPIONSHIP! :) AFCPaul
  • Score: 0

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