AFC Bournemouth boss Howe: Exeter's siege mentality could be dangerous

PONDERING CHANGES: AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

PONDERING CHANGES: AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe has warned that Exeter’s limited resources will provide the perfect motivation to spring an upset in tonight’s Capital One Cup first-round tie (7.45pm).

Currently under a transfer embargo, the Grecians have been severely hit by injuries and boss Paul Tisdale was forced to name himself among the substitutes for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Portsmouth in League Two.

However, Howe knows from personal experience that adversity can result in a stronger unit on the field and says his players cannot afford to be complacent at St James Park.

He told the Daily Echo: “I think we have to look at it from our own experiences a few years ago, when we only had 13 or 14 players. It can breed a great spirit and a ‘them against us’ mentality and that can be very strong and very motivating.

“We thrived on it and excelled in that situation. In some senses the shackles come off and there’s freedom to really express yourself.

“So we won’t take Exeter lightly at all.”

Howe, who is expected to make a number of changes to his side, has returning duo Darryl Flahavan (thigh) and Ryan Fraser (knee) available for selection.

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7:58am Tue 12 Aug 14

Square Old Codger says...

Paul Tisdale is an excellent manager and the pitch at St James is likely to be heavy and we all appreciate the problems Exeter have ( we have been there!) and how these can bring the team and supporters together in the face of adversity. Can see too a much changed team tonight as Eddie gives players like Ward, Harte, Rantie,McDonald, Pitman, Smith,Cargill,Fraser and Flahaven a chance to stretch their legs and get match play, but am sure that we will go through, after a battle.
Paul Tisdale is an excellent manager and the pitch at St James is likely to be heavy and we all appreciate the problems Exeter have ( we have been there!) and how these can bring the team and supporters together in the face of adversity. Can see too a much changed team tonight as Eddie gives players like Ward, Harte, Rantie,McDonald, Pitman, Smith,Cargill,Fraser and Flahaven a chance to stretch their legs and get match play, but am sure that we will go through, after a battle. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 5

8:40am Tue 12 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Fully expect a totally different 11 tonight which will still be quality. How far we have come since Jason Tindall had to take the bench for us. Fully respect the Grecians (good luck to them in the future!) and don’t think we’ll get an easy game. Hope Eddie keeps some fire-power on the bench if we need it to avoid a replay, though I can see the Pitbull getting a goal.
Good luck boys & UTMC
Fully expect a totally different 11 tonight which will still be quality. How far we have come since Jason Tindall had to take the bench for us. Fully respect the Grecians (good luck to them in the future!) and don’t think we’ll get an easy game. Hope Eddie keeps some fire-power on the bench if we need it to avoid a replay, though I can see the Pitbull getting a goal. Good luck boys & UTMC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

9:09am Tue 12 Aug 14

AfcbBlues says...

Have we got many fans going tonight ?
Have we got many fans going tonight ? AfcbBlues
  • Score: 0

10:11am Tue 12 Aug 14

Noel. says...

Me for one, on one of my regular trips working just outside Exeter so I got my ticket for the game
Me for one, on one of my regular trips working just outside Exeter so I got my ticket for the game Noel.
  • Score: 2

11:17am Tue 12 Aug 14

Trifecta says...

Extra time and penalties Ted Mac. We will be in the Farmer's Union if anybody wishes to say hello! UTCIAD
Extra time and penalties Ted Mac. We will be in the Farmer's Union if anybody wishes to say hello! UTCIAD Trifecta
  • Score: -2

12:19pm Tue 12 Aug 14

mark.s says...

Got my Exeter ticket, will be heading down after work later
Got my Exeter ticket, will be heading down after work later mark.s
  • Score: 1

12:28pm Tue 12 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Trifecta wrote:
Extra time and penalties Ted Mac. We will be in the Farmer's Union if anybody wishes to say hello! UTCIAD
ET wouldn't surprise me, as long as we don't get a replay this early in the season.

Would like to see Yann & Wilson at least on the bench in case we need a goal. Sadly I won't be going as up in Bucks and a 175mile-each-way evening drive is a bit much after Saturday. Despite that have fun/safe trip all going and a quick OOH-ARR in the FU bar sounds like a good plan. I shall be prowling Cherries Player and Twitter for updates COYRs!
[quote][p][bold]Trifecta[/bold] wrote: Extra time and penalties Ted Mac. We will be in the Farmer's Union if anybody wishes to say hello! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]ET wouldn't surprise me, as long as we don't get a replay this early in the season. Would like to see Yann & Wilson at least on the bench in case we need a goal. Sadly I won't be going as up in Bucks and a 175mile-each-way evening drive is a bit much after Saturday. Despite that have fun/safe trip all going and a quick OOH-ARR in the FU bar sounds like a good plan. I shall be prowling Cherries Player and Twitter for updates COYRs! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 0

1:22pm Tue 12 Aug 14

bobsworthforever says...

We should start with a few key players in the side and then take them off when the games secure not the other way round like to see us in the next round
We should start with a few key players in the side and then take them off when the games secure not the other way round like to see us in the next round bobsworthforever
  • Score: 2

4:19pm Tue 12 Aug 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Hey, sadly in Scotland until Saturday...

...having said that surely EH is gaming with the Exeter? We should be able to stroll this one but what do i know , zilch really. Having said that surely Bournemouth away in 90 mins at 6/10 (William Hills) is buying money? I for one have that one and if you stick a few quid on it then it might just buy you a round next week!

Not sure if I am a great tipster btw!


Come on you Reds! I reckon 3 nil after 90 mins and why not?

Enjoy you mighty fans! With you in spirit!
Hey, sadly in Scotland until Saturday... ...having said that surely EH is gaming with the Exeter? We should be able to stroll this one but what do i know , zilch really. Having said that surely Bournemouth away in 90 mins at 6/10 (William Hills) is buying money? I for one have that one and if you stick a few quid on it then it might just buy you a round next week! Not sure if I am a great tipster btw! Come on you Reds! I reckon 3 nil after 90 mins and why not? Enjoy you mighty fans! With you in spirit! St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Tue 12 Aug 14

cherryexe says...

Noel. wrote:
Me for one, on one of my regular trips working just outside Exeter so I got my ticket for the game
Me 2 nice local game for me I live in St Thomas area of Exeter right by where the old speedway track was.
[quote][p][bold]Noel.[/bold] wrote: Me for one, on one of my regular trips working just outside Exeter so I got my ticket for the game[/p][/quote]Me 2 nice local game for me I live in St Thomas area of Exeter right by where the old speedway track was. cherryexe
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