AFC Bournemouth: No pressure on Cherries - boss Eddie Howe

MANAGER: Eddie Howe

MANAGER: Eddie Howe

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BOSS Eddie Howe believes Cherries have nothing to lose as they continue their pursuit of an unlikely Championship play-off place.

A fruitful March, which yielded six wins and a draw from eight games, propelled Cherries to 10th – just five points shy of the top six.

And while the outcome of their next two games is likely to go a long way to deciding their fate, Howe insists Cherries would have readily taken this scenario at the start of the season.

Cherries host third-placed QPR in a sell-out at Dean Court tomorrow (3pm) before play-off hopefuls Reading head to Dorset on Tuesday.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “I think we have to prepare to win every game. Whether or not we have to, who knows? Potentially, we may.

“I don’t think we have anything to lose considering from where we have come because nobody would have expected us to be in this position with seven games remaining.

“We can really look forward to these games and, hopefully, give the best account of ourselves and see where it takes us.

“With the games we have to come and the opposition we have to play, we certainly have a huge task ahead of us.

"The advantage we have is that the majority of the games are at home and, with our supporters really pushing us, hopefully we can surpass the recent performance levels.”

Since losing 3-0 at Loftus Road in early December, Cherries have won 10 and drawn six of their 21 league games, a run which has seen them move to within sight of the chasing pack in their first season back in the second flight since 1990.

Howe said: “I saw the QPR game as pivotal because we changed system that night and went to 4-3-3. In our next game, we went to Reading and won 2-1. At that stage, it gave us confidence and control in games and enabled us to build our belief.

“Even though we may not have always got the results our performances have deserved, the players have started to see what a good team we can be.

"Although we have tinkered and played different ways, the belief is there that we can compete at this level and that has been reflected in our performances.”

Discussing QPR, Howe added: “They were favourites for the title and their start made that even stronger because they won games consistently. But they have lost some key players and it is not easy when that happens no matter how much money you have got.

"I still think they will be there or thereabouts and there are some twists and turns to come. I don’t think the top two is out of their reach.”

Howe had no fresh injuries to report and said he expected striker Tokelo Rantie to return to England in time to keep his place in the squad after he had headed back to South Africa for the birth of his son on Tuesday.

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6:29am Fri 4 Apr 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Bang on the money as usual Eddie.
We have already achieved our main objective(survival) so send the lads out to enjoy the games, play without fear and give it their best shot, nobody csn ask any more of them. The preasure is on the big boys to get promoted, we are not expectef to feature, so lets see if we can upset a few more fancied teams, we certainly have the ability and desire.
Good luck tomorrow, the crowd will be bang up for this and be right behind you all.!!!!
Bang on the money as usual Eddie. We have already achieved our main objective(survival) so send the lads out to enjoy the games, play without fear and give it their best shot, nobody csn ask any more of them. The preasure is on the big boys to get promoted, we are not expectef to feature, so lets see if we can upset a few more fancied teams, we certainly have the ability and desire. Good luck tomorrow, the crowd will be bang up for this and be right behind you all.!!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 13

6:42am Fri 4 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Sadly out of town tomorrow (back for Tuesday - hurrrahh!!!) but will be getting text updates throughout from my bro. I can't help but fancy us for more points QPR are the team under pressure, as SE said above our main objective is already achieved and with some style! So good luck boys, can Eddie get one over on 'arry - I think he can, 'cos we are the mighty Cherries!!!
UTCIAD
Sadly out of town tomorrow (back for Tuesday - hurrrahh!!!) but will be getting text updates throughout from my bro. I can't help but fancy us for more points QPR are the team under pressure, as SE said above our main objective is already achieved and with some style! So good luck boys, can Eddie get one over on 'arry - I think he can, 'cos we are the mighty Cherries!!! UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 11

7:01am Fri 4 Apr 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Sadly out of town tomorrow (back for Tuesday - hurrrahh!!!) but will be getting text updates throughout from my bro. I can't help but fancy us for more points QPR are the team under pressure, as SE said above our main objective is already achieved and with some style! So good luck boys, can Eddie get one over on 'arry - I think he can, 'cos we are the mighty Cherries!!!
UTCIAD
I hope Arry will get the welcome home that he rightly deserves, but equally hope that he retreats back to Sandbanks empty handed on saturday night.!!!
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Sadly out of town tomorrow (back for Tuesday - hurrrahh!!!) but will be getting text updates throughout from my bro. I can't help but fancy us for more points QPR are the team under pressure, as SE said above our main objective is already achieved and with some style! So good luck boys, can Eddie get one over on 'arry - I think he can, 'cos we are the mighty Cherries!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]I hope Arry will get the welcome home that he rightly deserves, but equally hope that he retreats back to Sandbanks empty handed on saturday night.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 18

8:29am Fri 4 Apr 14

smhinto says...

The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly.
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This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.
The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly. . This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result. smhinto
  • Score: 3

8:49am Fri 4 Apr 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

smhinto wrote:
The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly.
.
This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.
Jumping around like a lunatic.??
Sounds like a bad case of mad cow disease to me...... to many "Tree Boned Steaks" perhaps.!!!
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly. . This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.[/p][/quote]Jumping around like a lunatic.?? Sounds like a bad case of mad cow disease to me...... to many "Tree Boned Steaks" perhaps.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 5

9:32am Fri 4 Apr 14

a real supporter says...

smhinto wrote:
The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly. . This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.
I think this is called selective memory. As you are always negative about the upcoming game of course you were bound to have been right on the odd occasion. Do you think Harry knows all of our players and has watched us personally just because he lives in Sandbanks!!!
Based on that theory you of course know nothing about our players, as you have not watched a game all season even though you are a Poole resident. As for "This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result." why exactly? and what about all the other scouts around you, are they in danger. Oh no, I forgot you are not a scout or an assessor just na armchair troll who has still not gone away as promised weeks ago.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly. . This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.[/p][/quote]I think this is called selective memory. As you are always negative about the upcoming game of course you were bound to have been right on the odd occasion. Do you think Harry knows all of our players and has watched us personally just because he lives in Sandbanks!!! Based on that theory you of course know nothing about our players, as you have not watched a game all season even though you are a Poole resident. As for "This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result." why exactly? and what about all the other scouts around you, are they in danger. Oh no, I forgot you are not a scout or an assessor just na armchair troll who has still not gone away as promised weeks ago. a real supporter
  • Score: 5

9:42am Fri 4 Apr 14

fuhamfc12 says...

a real supporter wrote:
smhinto wrote:
The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly. . This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.
I think this is called selective memory. As you are always negative about the upcoming game of course you were bound to have been right on the odd occasion. Do you think Harry knows all of our players and has watched us personally just because he lives in Sandbanks!!!
Based on that theory you of course know nothing about our players, as you have not watched a game all season even though you are a Poole resident. As for "This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result." why exactly? and what about all the other scouts around you, are they in danger. Oh no, I forgot you are not a scout or an assessor just na armchair troll who has still not gone away as promised weeks ago.
I agree, I said yesterday that his comments are rubbish. He is someone who knows everyone in football, everything about afcb and what Harry knows about us.

The result at the end of the game is the thing that matters, 3 points for the cherries will be great.
[quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly. . This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.[/p][/quote]I think this is called selective memory. As you are always negative about the upcoming game of course you were bound to have been right on the odd occasion. Do you think Harry knows all of our players and has watched us personally just because he lives in Sandbanks!!! Based on that theory you of course know nothing about our players, as you have not watched a game all season even though you are a Poole resident. As for "This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result." why exactly? and what about all the other scouts around you, are they in danger. Oh no, I forgot you are not a scout or an assessor just na armchair troll who has still not gone away as promised weeks ago.[/p][/quote]I agree, I said yesterday that his comments are rubbish. He is someone who knows everyone in football, everything about afcb and what Harry knows about us. The result at the end of the game is the thing that matters, 3 points for the cherries will be great. fuhamfc12
  • Score: 7

10:09am Fri 4 Apr 14

elite50 says...

No pressure?
I played football for 35 years and EVERY game was nothing BUT pressure. Especially the 2 years that I got paid for playing.
Ask the supporters about the lack of pressure.
Lets tell it like it is, shall we?
No pressure? I played football for 35 years and EVERY game was nothing BUT pressure. Especially the 2 years that I got paid for playing. Ask the supporters about the lack of pressure. Lets tell it like it is, shall we? elite50
  • Score: 1

10:18am Fri 4 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

smhinto wrote:
The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly.
.
This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.
Set his side up accordingly, hmmmm just like Donny, L**ds and Birmingham did??

As far as I recall only Leicester have done the 6-point double on us so far this season, I don't fancy QPR's chances myself.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly. . This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.[/p][/quote]Set his side up accordingly, hmmmm just like Donny, L**ds and Birmingham did?? As far as I recall only Leicester have done the 6-point double on us so far this season, I don't fancy QPR's chances myself. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

10:33am Fri 4 Apr 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
smhinto wrote:
The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly.
.
This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.
Set his side up accordingly, hmmmm just like Donny, L**ds and Birmingham did??

As far as I recall only Leicester have done the 6-point double on us so far this season, I don't fancy QPR's chances myself.
And Derby unfortunately.!!!
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly. . This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.[/p][/quote]Set his side up accordingly, hmmmm just like Donny, L**ds and Birmingham did?? As far as I recall only Leicester have done the 6-point double on us so far this season, I don't fancy QPR's chances myself.[/p][/quote]And Derby unfortunately.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 1

10:53am Fri 4 Apr 14

Square Old Codger says...

The Club has achieved its main aim for the Season, retaining its position in the Championship and anything else is a bonus, so not a lot of pressure on them, a "play off" place . whilst possible is unlikely since its not in our hands and results have to go in out favour. The pressure though is on Harry and his team and will be mounting, they are expected to compete for a place in the Premiership and the fans and the owner expects nothing less. Though Harry had to get rid of 18 players to bring their massive wage bill and losses down, he has some very good players in his squad and a great defence. A very tough and even contest , which could go either way and am looking forward to it, should be a great atmosphere , with a sell out crowds for all our remaining home games.
The Club has achieved its main aim for the Season, retaining its position in the Championship and anything else is a bonus, so not a lot of pressure on them, a "play off" place . whilst possible is unlikely since its not in our hands and results have to go in out favour. The pressure though is on Harry and his team and will be mounting, they are expected to compete for a place in the Premiership and the fans and the owner expects nothing less. Though Harry had to get rid of 18 players to bring their massive wage bill and losses down, he has some very good players in his squad and a great defence. A very tough and even contest , which could go either way and am looking forward to it, should be a great atmosphere , with a sell out crowds for all our remaining home games. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 6

11:11am Fri 4 Apr 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Doh! Thought there might be someone else, but c'mon that's not bad at all so far for the first season in a higher league. Guess that just means stopping QPR and Forest(?) doing it to us.
Doh! Thought there might be someone else, but c'mon that's not bad at all so far for the first season in a higher league. Guess that just means stopping QPR and Forest(?) doing it to us. TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 2

1:28pm Fri 4 Apr 14

North stand badger says...

Team for tomorrow Camp,Harte,Cook,Elph
ick,Francis,Ritchie,
Fraser,Arter,Surman,
Kermogant,
Grabban?
Team for tomorrow Camp,Harte,Cook,Elph ick,Francis,Ritchie, Fraser,Arter,Surman, Kermogant, Grabban? North stand badger
  • Score: 2

1:36pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Fanfor45 says...

Come come TCMP. We drew at the City ground. (A little more water with it perhaps lol)
Come come TCMP. We drew at the City ground. (A little more water with it perhaps lol) Fanfor45
  • Score: 2

1:44pm Fri 4 Apr 14

cherrygood says...

smhinto wrote:
The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly. . This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.
Jumping around in annoyance that you can't post your negative bilge at 4.57pm you mean.

Deep down he'll want Bournemouth to win so he'll set QPR up accordingly.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: The only problem I wish to air (I said this before the game at Loftus Road) Is that Mr Redknapp knows all of our players i.e. their strengths and weaknesses and have watched us on many occasions. No doubt he will set his side up accordingly. . This is one game that I will be jumping around like a lunatic if we get a positive result.[/p][/quote]Jumping around in annoyance that you can't post your negative bilge at 4.57pm you mean. Deep down he'll want Bournemouth to win so he'll set QPR up accordingly. cherrygood
  • Score: 5

1:54pm Fri 4 Apr 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

North stand badger wrote:
Team for tomorrow Camp,Harte,Cook,Elph

ick,Francis,Ritchie,

Fraser,Arter,Surman,

Kermogant,
Grabban?
Almost right.
Start with Pugh, he played well at Birmingham and Fraser didn't look right when he came on, probably wasn't 100% fit. Normally i would prefer O'Kane over Surman, but again he was way below his best last week. Rest of team picks itself if they are all fit.!!!
[quote][p][bold]North stand badger[/bold] wrote: Team for tomorrow Camp,Harte,Cook,Elph ick,Francis,Ritchie, Fraser,Arter,Surman, Kermogant, Grabban?[/p][/quote]Almost right. Start with Pugh, he played well at Birmingham and Fraser didn't look right when he came on, probably wasn't 100% fit. Normally i would prefer O'Kane over Surman, but again he was way below his best last week. Rest of team picks itself if they are all fit.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 1

2:49pm Fri 4 Apr 14

raybren says...

Smhinto , are you really a scout ? Your masterpiece suggests that Harry doesn ' t know the strengths and weaknesses of other teams because he watches us more often ? His experience in the game means all opponents will have been researched thoroughly before QPR play them . Here ' s hoping you get the opportunity to do your impression of a lunatic !
Smhinto , are you really a scout ? Your masterpiece suggests that Harry doesn ' t know the strengths and weaknesses of other teams because he watches us more often ? His experience in the game means all opponents will have been researched thoroughly before QPR play them . Here ' s hoping you get the opportunity to do your impression of a lunatic ! raybren
  • Score: 3

6:09pm Fri 4 Apr 14

smhinto says...

raybren wrote:
Smhinto , are you really a scout ? Your masterpiece suggests that Harry doesn ' t know the strengths and weaknesses of other teams because he watches us more often ? His experience in the game means all opponents will have been researched thoroughly before QPR play them . Here ' s hoping you get the opportunity to do your impression of a lunatic !
What I meant was - Harry lives locally and no doubt has watched us many times both socially and officially probably more than he would any other side in the division. I am fearful that he may know us TOO WELL and will set up his side up to make life very difficult for us indeed. He knows literally everything about us. I do not think that this is a silly point to make.
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Naturally, I do hope we get a positive result tomorrow. Nothing will please me more. Off to watch Chesterfield tomorrow so less glamerous surroundings for me. They have got decent toilets there, so if we win there is plenty of room to do an Indian rain dance in celebration without being seen and getting myself certified as insane.
.
Regards
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Smhinto , are you really a scout ? Your masterpiece suggests that Harry doesn ' t know the strengths and weaknesses of other teams because he watches us more often ? His experience in the game means all opponents will have been researched thoroughly before QPR play them . Here ' s hoping you get the opportunity to do your impression of a lunatic ![/p][/quote]What I meant was - Harry lives locally and no doubt has watched us many times both socially and officially probably more than he would any other side in the division. I am fearful that he may know us TOO WELL and will set up his side up to make life very difficult for us indeed. He knows literally everything about us. I do not think that this is a silly point to make. . Naturally, I do hope we get a positive result tomorrow. Nothing will please me more. Off to watch Chesterfield tomorrow so less glamerous surroundings for me. They have got decent toilets there, so if we win there is plenty of room to do an Indian rain dance in celebration without being seen and getting myself certified as insane. . Regards smhinto
  • Score: -1

7:39pm Fri 4 Apr 14

afcdibby says...

Two games in four days against two ex premiership and fairly local teams. Only one recently sold out. These two games should of sold out weeks ago. COME ON THE PEOPLE OF BOURNEMOUTH YOU HAVE CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL ON YOUR DOORSTEP AND AN EXCITING TEAM.
Two games in four days against two ex premiership and fairly local teams. Only one recently sold out. These two games should of sold out weeks ago. COME ON THE PEOPLE OF BOURNEMOUTH YOU HAVE CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL ON YOUR DOORSTEP AND AN EXCITING TEAM. afcdibby
  • Score: 3

8:24pm Fri 4 Apr 14

golfer33 says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
The Club has achieved its main aim for the Season, retaining its position in the Championship and anything else is a bonus, so not a lot of pressure on them, a "play off" place . whilst possible is unlikely since its not in our hands and results have to go in out favour. The pressure though is on Harry and his team and will be mounting, they are expected to compete for a place in the Premiership and the fans and the owner expects nothing less. Though Harry had to get rid of 18 players to bring their massive wage bill and losses down, he has some very good players in his squad and a great defence. A very tough and even contest , which could go either way and am looking forward to it, should be a great atmosphere , with a sell out crowds for all our remaining home games.
Results have gone in our favour the last 4 weeks, thats why we are now only 6 points off the playoffs. We do have pressure on us, as everybody wants to win. they want success. dont fool yourself, its very important we win.
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: The Club has achieved its main aim for the Season, retaining its position in the Championship and anything else is a bonus, so not a lot of pressure on them, a "play off" place . whilst possible is unlikely since its not in our hands and results have to go in out favour. The pressure though is on Harry and his team and will be mounting, they are expected to compete for a place in the Premiership and the fans and the owner expects nothing less. Though Harry had to get rid of 18 players to bring their massive wage bill and losses down, he has some very good players in his squad and a great defence. A very tough and even contest , which could go either way and am looking forward to it, should be a great atmosphere , with a sell out crowds for all our remaining home games.[/p][/quote]Results have gone in our favour the last 4 weeks, thats why we are now only 6 points off the playoffs. We do have pressure on us, as everybody wants to win. they want success. dont fool yourself, its very important we win. golfer33
  • Score: 1

11:50am Sat 5 Apr 14

bobsworthforever says...

A win would be great but even a draw against QPR would be OK as long as we beat Reading on Tuesday night I hope Eddie goes all out to win we may never have this opportunity again
A win would be great but even a draw against QPR would be OK as long as we beat Reading on Tuesday night I hope Eddie goes all out to win we may never have this opportunity again bobsworthforever
  • Score: 0

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