AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: We need to look at bigger picture

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

BOSS Eddie Howe is confident his players will maintain their late surge for the play-offs after feeling their recent exertions may have caught up with them at Yeovil on Saturday.

Howe’s charges, bidding to make it six wins on the trot, were forced to settle for a share of the spoils after coming from behind to claim a 1-1 draw against the Glovers at Huish Park.

Relegation-threatened Yeovil took the lead through Kieffer Moore’s finely-taken first-half strike before Ryan Fraser’s fluke equaliser midway through the second half earned Cherries a point.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “We will never give up. Who knows what is in store, how many points will be needed and who will take that sixth spot?

“I was proud of my players again. We gave everything and, at 1-0 down on a difficult ground, we could easily have been beaten. But we weren’t and it was another point. We have four big games to come and will see where it takes us.

“I don’t think it will be too big a knock. The players will see the bigger picture and we will certainly highlight that to them. We want to win every game and that was the plan. But there are two teams and the opposition will always try to stop you. I felt Yeovil tried to do that to us and tried to make it a second-ball game. I felt we responded okay to the challenge.

“The players know there are some big games to come and we need to try to respond in the right fashion. Yeovil have fantastic spirit and togetherness and their display didn’t surprise me one bit. I would like to see them do well and stay in the league if possible.”

Howe added: “We weren’t at our very best. Physically, we looked a little tired. I thought we looked a little leggy after the exertions of recent weeks, the number of games we have had and what we have given in those games.

“In saying that, it could have gone either way. It was end to end and both teams went for the three points. You could see both teams’ attitude to the game was excellent.

“We just lacked our usual zip and sharpness and I felt that was what held us back because there was some good play in there. We had a couple of really good chances that we could have done better with so we were slightly disappointed.

“We had some good moments in the first half, especially through Lewis Grabban who had a couple of good opportunities in and around the box. In the second half, chances were less clear-cut but we still had a couple of good moments.

“Their goal was a great strike but we were disappointed because we knew one of their threats was their central free kicks and we didn’t react well to the second ball.

“Our goal was unusual to say the least. It just hit Ryan but fair play to him for closing down the boy because sometimes you get your rewards for hard work.

“The lads gave everything and were absolutely shattered in the dressing room. It was certainly not a disastrous day and there is still plenty to play for. Whatever happens, we will look forward to the remaining games.”

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7:22am Mon 14 Apr 14

Nat1234 says...

Whatever happens , WE ARE ALL VERY VERY PROUD IF YOU ALL , the Ipswich game is the telling game , that's if we beat sh wensday ... Anyway it does not matter . Win or lose . We've been fantastic since Xmas ...
Whatever happens , WE ARE ALL VERY VERY PROUD IF YOU ALL , the Ipswich game is the telling game , that's if we beat sh wensday ... Anyway it does not matter . Win or lose . We've been fantastic since Xmas ... Nat1234
  • Score: 19

7:23am Mon 14 Apr 14

Nat1234 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
Whatever happens , WE ARE ALL VERY VERY PROUD IF YOU ALL , the Ipswich game is the telling game , that's if we beat sh wensday ... Anyway it does not matter . Win or lose . We've been fantastic since Xmas ...
OF YOU ALL lol..
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Whatever happens , WE ARE ALL VERY VERY PROUD IF YOU ALL , the Ipswich game is the telling game , that's if we beat sh wensday ... Anyway it does not matter . Win or lose . We've been fantastic since Xmas ...[/p][/quote]OF YOU ALL lol.. Nat1234
  • Score: 1

7:52am Mon 14 Apr 14

nonnogeppetto says...

From a supporter's point of view we have achieved far more than we had expected, however getting to the playoffs this season would give the team such an invaluable experience even if they were unsuccessful in gaining promotion. IMO it would provide EH some very sound insight into what could be achievable next season. But, one game at the time! Looking forward to Friday UTCIAD
From a supporter's point of view we have achieved far more than we had expected, however getting to the playoffs this season would give the team such an invaluable experience even if they were unsuccessful in gaining promotion. IMO it would provide EH some very sound insight into what could be achievable next season. But, one game at the time! Looking forward to Friday UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 14

8:16am Mon 14 Apr 14

swanagecherrie says...

If we loose every game left now it would still be a great season (but that's not going to happen) Going from not expecting to win a game at the start of the season to not expecting to loose one now, I don't think I know of another team to transform like that i half a season.
If we loose every game left now it would still be a great season (but that's not going to happen) Going from not expecting to win a game at the start of the season to not expecting to loose one now, I don't think I know of another team to transform like that i half a season. swanagecherrie
  • Score: 17

8:44am Mon 14 Apr 14

mark.s says...

It's been an awesome season, one in which we've set all sorts of new high standards for ourselves. proven a lot of people wrong, and over turned some big clubs.

It really sets the bar for AFCB in the future. We can be incredibly proud of this season and this group of players.

A cracking Easter weekend of football to come, two games in a few days against good clubs. There may even still be an outside chance, but whatever, we can enjoy and admire the progress we've made.
It's been an awesome season, one in which we've set all sorts of new high standards for ourselves. proven a lot of people wrong, and over turned some big clubs. It really sets the bar for AFCB in the future. We can be incredibly proud of this season and this group of players. A cracking Easter weekend of football to come, two games in a few days against good clubs. There may even still be an outside chance, but whatever, we can enjoy and admire the progress we've made. mark.s
  • Score: 13

9:36am Mon 14 Apr 14

In Absentia says...

At the start of the season, if somebody had said that we would have an outside shot at the playoffs with a few games to go, we'd have all taken it. The team and management have surpassed all expectations and I'd like us to finish higher than 12th, so Eddie Howe can be acclaimed as the manager who led us to our highest ever league position. The bottom sides are now fighting for their lives, so I'm not overly surprised we drew at Yeovil on Saturday.
At the start of the season, if somebody had said that we would have an outside shot at the playoffs with a few games to go, we'd have all taken it. The team and management have surpassed all expectations and I'd like us to finish higher than 12th, so Eddie Howe can be acclaimed as the manager who led us to our highest ever league position. The bottom sides are now fighting for their lives, so I'm not overly surprised we drew at Yeovil on Saturday. In Absentia
  • Score: 15

11:25am Mon 14 Apr 14

canfordcherry says...

Win (hopefully) or lose the last four and miss the play-offs, I will still be happy and proud to support this club. How far have we come?
The only worry I have is possible transfer bids in the summer. I feel a few players will be targeted by 'bigger' Championship clubs as well as Prem clubs and their resolve in the belief of where we can and are going may be tested by offers, though I hope they have the belief in Max, Jeff, Eddie and Jason and stay put.
Win (hopefully) or lose the last four and miss the play-offs, I will still be happy and proud to support this club. How far have we come? The only worry I have is possible transfer bids in the summer. I feel a few players will be targeted by 'bigger' Championship clubs as well as Prem clubs and their resolve in the belief of where we can and are going may be tested by offers, though I hope they have the belief in Max, Jeff, Eddie and Jason and stay put. canfordcherry
  • Score: 11

12:04pm Mon 14 Apr 14

big_afcb_fan says...

season is over! just relax and enjoy the last few games with no pressure. my concern is eddie might move on to a prem league team.

u t c
season is over! just relax and enjoy the last few games with no pressure. my concern is eddie might move on to a prem league team. u t c big_afcb_fan
  • Score: -21

12:18pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Afcbpete says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
From a supporter's point of view we have achieved far more than we had expected, however getting to the playoffs this season would give the team such an invaluable experience even if they were unsuccessful in gaining promotion. IMO it would provide EH some very sound insight into what could be achievable next season. But, one game at the time! Looking forward to Friday UTCIAD
You're so right!! When I look back at last seasons video, and the games where we were playing very good football, I have a chuckle to myself, because the standard now is far superior when we get going. As has been said, we've set the bar at a very high standard in deed, and to be serious contenders next season (IF we fall short this), we need to be at our game week in, week out. Do THAT, well, we will be in for a season that would of got you locked up to even think about it a couple of short years ago. What happens, happens, we're certainly capable of winning all 4 games, if we don't, I sincerely hope we finish above Arry's team, as this has been the season to beat all seasons!!! SO, so proud of everyone at the club... UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: From a supporter's point of view we have achieved far more than we had expected, however getting to the playoffs this season would give the team such an invaluable experience even if they were unsuccessful in gaining promotion. IMO it would provide EH some very sound insight into what could be achievable next season. But, one game at the time! Looking forward to Friday UTCIAD[/p][/quote]You're so right!! When I look back at last seasons video, and the games where we were playing very good football, I have a chuckle to myself, because the standard now is far superior when we get going. As has been said, we've set the bar at a very high standard in deed, and to be serious contenders next season (IF we fall short this), we need to be at our game week in, week out. Do THAT, well, we will be in for a season that would of got you locked up to even think about it a couple of short years ago. What happens, happens, we're certainly capable of winning all 4 games, if we don't, I sincerely hope we finish above Arry's team, as this has been the season to beat all seasons!!! SO, so proud of everyone at the club... UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 10

4:40pm Mon 14 Apr 14

golfer33 says...

I feel we need more strength in midfield to be in with a chance of promotion next season.
I feel we need more strength in midfield to be in with a chance of promotion next season. golfer33
  • Score: 0

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