AFC Bournemouth boss Howe: We're gunning for eighth

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

MANAGER Eddie Howe insists Cherries will be looking to finish the season with a flourish and says they are targeting eighth place in the Championship.

Cherries tomorrow bring down the curtain on a memorable campaign in the second flight when they visit relegation-threatened Millwall (12.15pm kick-off).

Currently ninth, Cherries were guaranteed to end the season in the top 11 after Watford had suffered a 3-1 defeat at Charlton in midweek. But with just a point separating Cherries from eighth-placed Blackburn, Howe says his team will be going all out for victory at the Den.

He told the Daily Echo: “We have a duty to ourselves, forgetting every other team in the league, to try to perform and win the game. We want to finish eighth. We have prepared well, the lads have trained well and I will pick a team to try to win.

“We need to make sure we leave the season with a good feeling and don’t want to tarnish all the hard work we have done. We want to finish the season on a high and, hopefully, keep the momentum going for next season.

“The players have been very professional all season and haven’t let me down in any game. We are certainly going to need to produce a really good performance if we are going to come away with the points.

"More than anything, it would be nice to give our away supporters a really good send-off because they have followed us up and down the country this season come rain or shine.

“We will look at the squad and try to pick the best team to win the game. We certainly have a strong bench and have people pushing for starting spots. We will try to pick a team we feel is the right one for this game.”

Millwall’s fortunes have improved thanks to a seven-match unbeaten run, although the Lions have only managed one home win in 12 games under Ian Holloway who replaced Steve Lomas as manager in January.

Howe added: “Whenever you go to Millwall, there is a good atmosphere and they are special games. Their supporters are very passionate and get behind their team.

"I think the game will be played at a frenetic pace and we need to make sure we are attuned and ready to go because we want to finish the season on a high.

“Millwall have had a really good end to the season because, at one stage, it looked difficult for them and they had some tough fixtures. But they had some big wins against Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest and Wigan and have turned their season around.

“From that spell of games, they haven’t looked back so we certainly know we are going to be facing a motivated team and need to make sure we hit those motivational levels ourselves.”

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6:24am Fri 2 May 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Looking forward to this game, an attempt on 8th place and thanks AFCB for what has turned out to be an amazing season!
UTCIAD
Looking forward to this game, an attempt on 8th place and thanks AFCB for what has turned out to be an amazing season! UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
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8:30am Fri 2 May 14

cherrychris75 says...

Play Grabban, the stick that lad got rom the Millwall supporters at DC earlier in the season was awful. Wouldnt it be ironic if he scored the goal that relegated them.
Play Grabban, the stick that lad got rom the Millwall supporters at DC earlier in the season was awful. Wouldnt it be ironic if he scored the goal that relegated them. cherrychris75
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8:38am Fri 2 May 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

cherrychris75 wrote:
Play Grabban, the stick that lad got rom the Millwall supporters at DC earlier in the season was awful. Wouldnt it be ironic if he scored the goal that relegated them.
........especially if it was another Grabbs penalty in injury time!!!

Should the coach get up there promptly does anyone know of a safe (public) house to make for.... or is the bar in the ground the only facility in the area outside of some secret COBRA bunker??
[quote][p][bold]cherrychris75[/bold] wrote: Play Grabban, the stick that lad got rom the Millwall supporters at DC earlier in the season was awful. Wouldnt it be ironic if he scored the goal that relegated them.[/p][/quote]........especially if it was another Grabbs penalty in injury time!!! Should the coach get up there promptly does anyone know of a safe (public) house to make for.... or is the bar in the ground the only facility in the area outside of some secret COBRA bunker?? TedMacsCherryPants
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9:49am Fri 2 May 14

John T says...

Eddie, can you leave Lewis Grabban on the pitch this week to get his hat-trick, please?!
Eddie, can you leave Lewis Grabban on the pitch this week to get his hat-trick, please?! John T
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10:53am Fri 2 May 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

TedMacsCherrypants, . . Is it worth risking your head for a couple of sherbits? . . . . . . . . . . . THE SAFE HOUSE IS PROBABLY THE LOCAL POLICE STATION
TedMacsCherrypants, . . Is it worth risking your head for a couple of sherbits? . . . . . . . . . . . THE SAFE HOUSE IS PROBABLY THE LOCAL POLICE STATION RED LETTER DAY
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11:15am Fri 2 May 14

Lesleycherry says...

"8th place in the Championship" - doesn't that sound unbelievable for "little old Bournemouth down on the South Coast" !! Go to it Eddie and all our lads, whoever he plays (but I must admit it would be smashing if Grabbs could seal the match :-) ). Good luck to all, including our wonderful travelling fans.
"8th place in the Championship" - doesn't that sound unbelievable for "little old Bournemouth down on the South Coast" !! Go to it Eddie and all our lads, whoever he plays (but I must admit it would be smashing if Grabbs could seal the match :-) ). Good luck to all, including our wonderful travelling fans. Lesleycherry
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11:28am Fri 2 May 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
TedMacsCherrypants, . . Is it worth risking your head for a couple of sherbits? . . . . . . . . . . . THE SAFE HOUSE IS PROBABLY THE LOCAL POLICE STATION
…….errrrr, yes!!!

I suppose you'd at least get a controlled regulation Met Police kicking in the cells.

Remembering last year’s trip to Tranmere, taking over their local and a few of our fans in there with Eddie Howe masks on. Perhaps we could do the same in SE London with Lewis Grabban masks????
You can’t beat a good game of Russian roulette, LOL!!!
UTC
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: TedMacsCherrypants, . . Is it worth risking your head for a couple of sherbits? . . . . . . . . . . . THE SAFE HOUSE IS PROBABLY THE LOCAL POLICE STATION[/p][/quote]…….errrrr, yes!!! I suppose you'd at least get a controlled regulation Met Police kicking in the cells. Remembering last year’s trip to Tranmere, taking over their local and a few of our fans in there with Eddie Howe masks on. Perhaps we could do the same in SE London with Lewis Grabban masks???? You can’t beat a good game of Russian roulette, LOL!!! UTC TedMacsCherryPants
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2:17pm Fri 2 May 14

onken cherry says...

As a Cherries fan in SE London it is disappointing to see so many negative about my fellow Sarf Londoners; Millwall FC do a lot of good work in the local schools and community. Having said that, the area around the New Den is a cultural wasteland to say the least - best place to have a drink before/after the game are the pubs around London Bridge station (one stop from South Bermondsey and 5 minutes from Wateroo East).

Top half of the Championship eh...who would have thought it?

See you there tomorrow
As a Cherries fan in SE London it is disappointing to see so many negative about my fellow Sarf Londoners; Millwall FC do a lot of good work in the local schools and community. Having said that, the area around the New Den is a cultural wasteland to say the least - best place to have a drink before/after the game are the pubs around London Bridge station (one stop from South Bermondsey and 5 minutes from Wateroo East). Top half of the Championship eh...who would have thought it? See you there tomorrow onken cherry
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2:57pm Fri 2 May 14

coops1965cherry says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
cherrychris75 wrote:
Play Grabban, the stick that lad got rom the Millwall supporters at DC earlier in the season was awful. Wouldnt it be ironic if he scored the goal that relegated them.
........especially if it was another Grabbs penalty in injury time!!!

Should the coach get up there promptly does anyone know of a safe (public) house to make for.... or is the bar in the ground the only facility in the area outside of some secret COBRA bunker??
Hi Ted, I would say anywhere north of the river lol.

U T C I A D
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherrychris75[/bold] wrote: Play Grabban, the stick that lad got rom the Millwall supporters at DC earlier in the season was awful. Wouldnt it be ironic if he scored the goal that relegated them.[/p][/quote]........especially if it was another Grabbs penalty in injury time!!! Should the coach get up there promptly does anyone know of a safe (public) house to make for.... or is the bar in the ground the only facility in the area outside of some secret COBRA bunker??[/p][/quote]Hi Ted, I would say anywhere north of the river lol. U T C I A D coops1965cherry
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3:20pm Fri 2 May 14

cherriesfan says...

Changing the subject a bit, in view of the recent financial statement from the club I wonder what sort of increase in our season ticket prices are we to expect for next season, any clues anyone?
Changing the subject a bit, in view of the recent financial statement from the club I wonder what sort of increase in our season ticket prices are we to expect for next season, any clues anyone? cherriesfan
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4:56pm Fri 2 May 14

Nat1234 says...

Let's stuff them tmw . And get them relegated , the championship will be a much better div . Without them . Just get rid of Leeds next season , and it will be a safe div. to play in . Also does anyone know anything about the rumour that the corners of the ground are going to be turned into seats ..
Let's stuff them tmw . And get them relegated , the championship will be a much better div . Without them . Just get rid of Leeds next season , and it will be a safe div. to play in . Also does anyone know anything about the rumour that the corners of the ground are going to be turned into seats .. Nat1234
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6:41pm Fri 2 May 14

matt68 says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
cherrychris75 wrote:
Play Grabban, the stick that lad got rom the Millwall supporters at DC earlier in the season was awful. Wouldnt it be ironic if he scored the goal that relegated them.
........especially if it was another Grabbs penalty in injury time!!!

Should the coach get up there promptly does anyone know of a safe (public) house to make for.... or is the bar in the ground the only facility in the area outside of some secret COBRA bunker??
no safe pubs within 5 miles of the ground i am serious just go to the ground watch the match and get the hell out of there!
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherrychris75[/bold] wrote: Play Grabban, the stick that lad got rom the Millwall supporters at DC earlier in the season was awful. Wouldnt it be ironic if he scored the goal that relegated them.[/p][/quote]........especially if it was another Grabbs penalty in injury time!!! Should the coach get up there promptly does anyone know of a safe (public) house to make for.... or is the bar in the ground the only facility in the area outside of some secret COBRA bunker??[/p][/quote]no safe pubs within 5 miles of the ground i am serious just go to the ground watch the match and get the hell out of there! matt68
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7:54pm Fri 2 May 14

raybren says...

cherriesfan wrote:
Changing the subject a bit, in view of the recent financial statement from the club I wonder what sort of increase in our season ticket prices are we to expect for next season, any clues anyone?
Ask OXBOG , he won ' t be paying for one !
[quote][p][bold]cherriesfan[/bold] wrote: Changing the subject a bit, in view of the recent financial statement from the club I wonder what sort of increase in our season ticket prices are we to expect for next season, any clues anyone?[/p][/quote]Ask OXBOG , he won ' t be paying for one ! raybren
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11:10pm Fri 2 May 14

golfer33 says...

As I said before.
Not in the same league as us, should be an easy 3 points and 2/1 for the win is great odds. mind you we said that against Yeovil, but 2/1, cant let that pass by.
Also fancy Australia for the guineas tomorrow.
As I said before. Not in the same league as us, should be an easy 3 points and 2/1 for the win is great odds. mind you we said that against Yeovil, but 2/1, cant let that pass by. Also fancy Australia for the guineas tomorrow. golfer33
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7:19am Sat 3 May 14

cherrychris75 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
Let's stuff them tmw . And get them relegated , the championship will be a much better div . Without them . Just get rid of Leeds next season , and it will be a safe div. to play in . Also does anyone know anything about the rumour that the corners of the ground are going to be turned into seats ..
Yes, the floodights are going and will be on the roofs of the four sides and corners filled in
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Let's stuff them tmw . And get them relegated , the championship will be a much better div . Without them . Just get rid of Leeds next season , and it will be a safe div. to play in . Also does anyone know anything about the rumour that the corners of the ground are going to be turned into seats ..[/p][/quote]Yes, the floodights are going and will be on the roofs of the four sides and corners filled in cherrychris75
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