Cherries: Howe predicts fierce battle for honours

MANAGER Eddie Howe believes consistency will hold the key to Cherries' promotion challenge in a keenly-contested League One.

Ten points separate 11th-placed Cherries and leaders Tranmere after the Dorset outfit's fine form under Howe saw them close in on the top.

Unbeaten since Howe's return, Cherries are within four points of the play-off zone and trail tomorrow night's high-flying opponents Stevenage by just five.

Asked for his take on League One this season, Howe told the Daily Echo: “I think it is very tight.

“There is a whole cluster of teams, probably us included, in the mix who will feel they have got a chance.

“I think it is now all about who goes on a consistent run. Christmas will be a big period, as it is with every division, with a lot of games in a short space of time. Hopefully, we can be in the mix.”

Fifth-placed Stevenage went 11 games without defeat at the start of the campaign but visit Goldsands Stadium tomorrow (7.45pm) on the back of 4-1 defeats against Preston and Sheffield United.

However, boss Howe is expecting Gary Smith's men to pose a “big test”.

He added: “They are a good side who have done really well this season. We know it is going to be a difficult game.”

Howe's assistant Jason Tindall today reported no serious injury concerns ahead of the clash. Striker Frank Demouge is expected to return to training this week after sustaining a calf knock in a reserve game last Tuesday.

Tindall told the Daily Echo: “Stevenage are a tough outfit to play against. They are physically strong and they have good pace about them.

“It is going to be a really difficult game for us and we need to make sure we are 100 per cent focused for what is going to be probably one of our toughest games this season.”

Cherries: (from) James, Francis, Addison, Elphick, Daniels, McQuoid, MacDonald, Arter, O'Kane, Pugh, McDermott, Barnard, Grabban, Fogden, Fletcher, Tubbs, Cook, Thomas, Jalal.

Stevenage: (from) Arnold, Gray, Hills, Roberts, Charles, Risser, Dunne, Grant, Tansey, Freeman, Akins, Haber, Agyemang, N'Gala, Comminges, Shroot, Day (g/k).

  • Four first-team squad members are expected to feature when a Cherries development/reserve side visits Peterborough United reserves tomorrow afternoon. Central defender Stephane Zubar and midfielders Joe Partington, Lorenzo Davids and Mark Molesley are all set to gain valuable game-time.

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4:28pm Mon 19 Nov 12

socoolmichael says...

The way that the supporters feel at the moment it would be fair to say would be very forgiving if we lost tonight but absolutely ecstatic if we won..! The thing is, we really believe in the team and the management and are now prepared to back and support the WHOLE team at AFC. So, common you cherries..!
The way that the supporters feel at the moment it would be fair to say would be very forgiving if we lost tonight but absolutely ecstatic if we won..! The thing is, we really believe in the team and the management and are now prepared to back and support the WHOLE team at AFC. So, common you cherries..! socoolmichael
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4:40pm Mon 19 Nov 12

pokesdown1 says...

First nil niller of the season tomorrow?

I reckon so.
First nil niller of the season tomorrow? I reckon so. pokesdown1
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4:40pm Mon 19 Nov 12

susi.m says...

socoolmichael wrote:
The way that the supporters feel at the moment it would be fair to say would be very forgiving if we lost tonight but absolutely ecstatic if we won..! The thing is, we really believe in the team and the management and are now prepared to back and support the WHOLE team at AFC. So, common you cherries..!
You may be going tonight but I was planning on taking up my usual seat in the North Stand at Dean Court tomorrow night. :-)
[quote][p][bold]socoolmichael[/bold] wrote: The way that the supporters feel at the moment it would be fair to say would be very forgiving if we lost tonight but absolutely ecstatic if we won..! The thing is, we really believe in the team and the management and are now prepared to back and support the WHOLE team at AFC. So, common you cherries..![/p][/quote]You may be going tonight but I was planning on taking up my usual seat in the North Stand at Dean Court tomorrow night. :-) susi.m
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4:41pm Mon 19 Nov 12

golfer33 says...

socoolmichael wrote:
The way that the supporters feel at the moment it would be fair to say would be very forgiving if we lost tonight but absolutely ecstatic if we won..! The thing is, we really believe in the team and the management and are now prepared to back and support the WHOLE team at AFC. So, common you cherries..!
I hope you havn't given good cash for a ticket for "tonights" game and the cherries are not common !!!!
I can't see us losing this game, if they are letting in so many goals it should be another 4-1 win to the lads.
[quote][p][bold]socoolmichael[/bold] wrote: The way that the supporters feel at the moment it would be fair to say would be very forgiving if we lost tonight but absolutely ecstatic if we won..! The thing is, we really believe in the team and the management and are now prepared to back and support the WHOLE team at AFC. So, common you cherries..![/p][/quote]I hope you havn't given good cash for a ticket for "tonights" game and the cherries are not common !!!! I can't see us losing this game, if they are letting in so many goals it should be another 4-1 win to the lads. golfer33
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5:01pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Afcbpete says...

You just know under Howe that even when we have a poor result, because at some point we're bound too, that Eddie/Jason well sort things out so we come bouncing back. That said, I fear NO ONE in this league now. Yes, some very good teams, like Stevenage who will give us a good run for our money, one or to may even beat us, but I really do believe we could go up automatically I'm THAT confident now. Shame I can't get there tomorrow evening, but I'll be there is spirit!!! UTCIAD
You just know under Howe that even when we have a poor result, because at some point we're bound too, that Eddie/Jason well sort things out so we come bouncing back. That said, I fear NO ONE in this league now. Yes, some very good teams, like Stevenage who will give us a good run for our money, one or to may even beat us, but I really do believe we could go up automatically I'm THAT confident now. Shame I can't get there tomorrow evening, but I'll be there is spirit!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
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5:26pm Mon 19 Nov 12

nonnogeppetto says...

Afcbpete wrote:
You just know under Howe that even when we have a poor result, because at some point we're bound too, that Eddie/Jason well sort things out so we come bouncing back. That said, I fear NO ONE in this league now. Yes, some very good teams, like Stevenage who will give us a good run for our money, one or to may even beat us, but I really do believe we could go up automatically I'm THAT confident now. Shame I can't get there tomorrow evening, but I'll be there is spirit!!! UTCIAD
If you can't get there due to transport fear not I will pick you up and bring you home. Let me know The echo has my details UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: You just know under Howe that even when we have a poor result, because at some point we're bound too, that Eddie/Jason well sort things out so we come bouncing back. That said, I fear NO ONE in this league now. Yes, some very good teams, like Stevenage who will give us a good run for our money, one or to may even beat us, but I really do believe we could go up automatically I'm THAT confident now. Shame I can't get there tomorrow evening, but I'll be there is spirit!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]If you can't get there due to transport fear not I will pick you up and bring you home. Let me know The echo has my details UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
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5:45pm Mon 19 Nov 12

afcbcrackerjack says...

nil nil my bum 3-1
nil nil my bum 3-1 afcbcrackerjack
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5:47pm Mon 19 Nov 12

The Renegade Master says...

I'm still very confident that we will win both tomorrow night and Saturday and be in the play off zone come Saturday evening. This team is going places under Eddie & Jason and thanks to Maxim Demin we no longer have the threat of Mitchell selling the best players to fund his lifestyle.
The Championship & St. Mary's here we come!!
UTCIAD!
I'm still very confident that we will win both tomorrow night and Saturday and be in the play off zone come Saturday evening. This team is going places under Eddie & Jason and thanks to Maxim Demin we no longer have the threat of Mitchell selling the best players to fund his lifestyle. The Championship & St. Mary's here we come!! UTCIAD! The Renegade Master
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5:55pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Afcbpete says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
You just know under Howe that even when we have a poor result, because at some point we're bound too, that Eddie/Jason well sort things out so we come bouncing back. That said, I fear NO ONE in this league now. Yes, some very good teams, like Stevenage who will give us a good run for our money, one or to may even beat us, but I really do believe we could go up automatically I'm THAT confident now. Shame I can't get there tomorrow evening, but I'll be there is spirit!!! UTCIAD
If you can't get there due to transport fear not I will pick you up and bring you home. Let me know The echo has my details UTCIAD
REALLY kind of you Nonno, but I'm sadly skint. I went out on a limb and went Saturday and I'm hoping to get a couple of tickets as Chrissy presents for around that period. It's a REAL pain but that's life... but your kind offer is much appreciated :)
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: You just know under Howe that even when we have a poor result, because at some point we're bound too, that Eddie/Jason well sort things out so we come bouncing back. That said, I fear NO ONE in this league now. Yes, some very good teams, like Stevenage who will give us a good run for our money, one or to may even beat us, but I really do believe we could go up automatically I'm THAT confident now. Shame I can't get there tomorrow evening, but I'll be there is spirit!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]If you can't get there due to transport fear not I will pick you up and bring you home. Let me know The echo has my details UTCIAD[/p][/quote]REALLY kind of you Nonno, but I'm sadly skint. I went out on a limb and went Saturday and I'm hoping to get a couple of tickets as Chrissy presents for around that period. It's a REAL pain but that's life... but your kind offer is much appreciated :) Afcbpete
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6:02pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Oakdale12 says...

3 points please, 3-2 Harry ,Lewis and Josh.
3 points please, 3-2 Harry ,Lewis and Josh. Oakdale12
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6:02pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Oakdale12 says...

3 points please, 3-2 Harry ,Lewis and Josh.
3 points please, 3-2 Harry ,Lewis and Josh. Oakdale12
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6:04pm Mon 19 Nov 12

nonnogeppetto says...

Afcbpete wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
You just know under Howe that even when we have a poor result, because at some point we're bound too, that Eddie/Jason well sort things out so we come bouncing back. That said, I fear NO ONE in this league now. Yes, some very good teams, like Stevenage who will give us a good run for our money, one or to may even beat us, but I really do believe we could go up automatically I'm THAT confident now. Shame I can't get there tomorrow evening, but I'll be there is spirit!!! UTCIAD
If you can't get there due to transport fear not I will pick you up and bring you home. Let me know The echo has my details UTCIAD
REALLY kind of you Nonno, but I'm sadly skint. I went out on a limb and went Saturday and I'm hoping to get a couple of tickets as Chrissy presents for around that period. It's a REAL pain but that's life... but your kind offer is much appreciated :)
I am very sad that you are not able to go due to finances I wish I could help I am sure something may come up before tomorrow who knows.
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: You just know under Howe that even when we have a poor result, because at some point we're bound too, that Eddie/Jason well sort things out so we come bouncing back. That said, I fear NO ONE in this league now. Yes, some very good teams, like Stevenage who will give us a good run for our money, one or to may even beat us, but I really do believe we could go up automatically I'm THAT confident now. Shame I can't get there tomorrow evening, but I'll be there is spirit!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]If you can't get there due to transport fear not I will pick you up and bring you home. Let me know The echo has my details UTCIAD[/p][/quote]REALLY kind of you Nonno, but I'm sadly skint. I went out on a limb and went Saturday and I'm hoping to get a couple of tickets as Chrissy presents for around that period. It's a REAL pain but that's life... but your kind offer is much appreciated :)[/p][/quote]I am very sad that you are not able to go due to finances I wish I could help I am sure something may come up before tomorrow who knows. nonnogeppetto
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6:06pm Mon 19 Nov 12

oxoncherry2 says...

Watch out for the team talk in the 30th minute. One of their players goes down with a false injury and the rest of the team go to the touchline for a chat.Also there is plenty of ankle taps in tackles from them. I can't be there but let's hope there aren't any injuries and that Arter keeps calm! U T C for ever.
Watch out for the team talk in the 30th minute. One of their players goes down with a false injury and the rest of the team go to the touchline for a chat.Also there is plenty of ankle taps in tackles from them. I can't be there but let's hope there aren't any injuries and that Arter keeps calm! U T C for ever. oxoncherry2
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6:10pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Afcbpete says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
You just know under Howe that even when we have a poor result, because at some point we're bound too, that Eddie/Jason well sort things out so we come bouncing back. That said, I fear NO ONE in this league now. Yes, some very good teams, like Stevenage who will give us a good run for our money, one or to may even beat us, but I really do believe we could go up automatically I'm THAT confident now. Shame I can't get there tomorrow evening, but I'll be there is spirit!!! UTCIAD
If you can't get there due to transport fear not I will pick you up and bring you home. Let me know The echo has my details UTCIAD
REALLY kind of you Nonno, but I'm sadly skint. I went out on a limb and went Saturday and I'm hoping to get a couple of tickets as Chrissy presents for around that period. It's a REAL pain but that's life... but your kind offer is much appreciated :)
I am very sad that you are not able to go due to finances I wish I could help I am sure something may come up before tomorrow who knows.
it's all a long boring story and not for on here LOL. Give them a shout for me, I'll be listening on Silent and getting in the odd Tweet :)
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: You just know under Howe that even when we have a poor result, because at some point we're bound too, that Eddie/Jason well sort things out so we come bouncing back. That said, I fear NO ONE in this league now. Yes, some very good teams, like Stevenage who will give us a good run for our money, one or to may even beat us, but I really do believe we could go up automatically I'm THAT confident now. Shame I can't get there tomorrow evening, but I'll be there is spirit!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]If you can't get there due to transport fear not I will pick you up and bring you home. Let me know The echo has my details UTCIAD[/p][/quote]REALLY kind of you Nonno, but I'm sadly skint. I went out on a limb and went Saturday and I'm hoping to get a couple of tickets as Chrissy presents for around that period. It's a REAL pain but that's life... but your kind offer is much appreciated :)[/p][/quote]I am very sad that you are not able to go due to finances I wish I could help I am sure something may come up before tomorrow who knows.[/p][/quote]it's all a long boring story and not for on here LOL. Give them a shout for me, I'll be listening on Silent and getting in the odd Tweet :) Afcbpete
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6:24pm Mon 19 Nov 12

big_afcb_fan says...

can't wait till tomorrow night, think it will be 3-2 win for us (last min winner in front of the NS). About time MT got a fair shout up front.

utc
can't wait till tomorrow night, think it will be 3-2 win for us (last min winner in front of the NS). About time MT got a fair shout up front. utc big_afcb_fan
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6:57pm Mon 19 Nov 12

lionheart says...

Oakdale12 wrote:
3 points please, 3-2 Harry ,Lewis and Josh.
I thought Harry is suspended for this game for racking up 5 bookings but he features in the above articles squad list!
[quote][p][bold]Oakdale12[/bold] wrote: 3 points please, 3-2 Harry ,Lewis and Josh.[/p][/quote]I thought Harry is suspended for this game for racking up 5 bookings but he features in the above articles squad list! lionheart
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9:55pm Mon 19 Nov 12

atha says...

He's not.
He's not. atha
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12:14am Tue 20 Nov 12

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Tough game against a promo rival so a very good game to take the 3 points & move on to the next challanger. The red army is marching up the league & will take some stopping now. Stevenage wont fancy this & we owe them for last seasons defeat at D.C. Tear em apart boys.!!!!.
Tough game against a promo rival so a very good game to take the 3 points & move on to the next challanger. The red army is marching up the league & will take some stopping now. Stevenage wont fancy this & we owe them for last seasons defeat at D.C. Tear em apart boys.!!!!. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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9:27am Tue 20 Nov 12

Square Old Codger says...

A big strong, physical side, with pace who get "stuck in". plenty of balls into the box too. Let's hope that we have a decent referee tonight, who allows us to play football. Probably our toughest game to date. A good one to win though!.
A big strong, physical side, with pace who get "stuck in". plenty of balls into the box too. Let's hope that we have a decent referee tonight, who allows us to play football. Probably our toughest game to date. A good one to win though!. Square Old Codger
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5:14pm Tue 20 Nov 12

bobsworthforever says...

pokesdown1 wrote:
First nil niller of the season tomorrow?

I reckon so.
Hissing down at the moment and blowing a gale looks like im in for a right soaking but surely not a 0-0 as well cant see why we wont win surely if we are going up we should beat this lot.
[quote][p][bold]pokesdown1[/bold] wrote: First nil niller of the season tomorrow? I reckon so.[/p][/quote]Hissing down at the moment and blowing a gale looks like im in for a right soaking but surely not a 0-0 as well cant see why we wont win surely if we are going up we should beat this lot. bobsworthforever
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