Cherries: Howe pleased with preparation (with video)

First published in Cherries News Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

BOSS Eddie Howe insisted he had seen no signs of complacency among his buoyant squad after warning them there was still plenty of work ahead.

Cherries head to Crewe on Saturday in confident mood after storming up the League One table following a 13-match unbeaten run since Howe's return.

The 1-0 victory over Colchester last time out saw the Dean Court outfit move to within just two points of the play-off zone.

Howe says his players are keeping their feet firmly on the ground - and admits it must stay that way as they play catch-up in the promotion race.

He told the Daily Echo: “We have trained very well and the lads' attitude to training has been very good throughout the time we have been back.

“I think that is always a good marker to performances and this week has been good. We have been pleased with our preparation.

“But in terms of characters, the type of players we have here and their mentality, I haven't seen any signs of complacency and, hopefully, we won't.

“With such a long way to claw back, we need the momentum of these results to get us in contention. We have still got a lot of work ahead of us.”

Opponents Crewe have won three league games in a row and lost just twice in their past 10 outings.

Howe added: “They will provide a stern test for us. Crewe have always played a certain way and have been well known for their style of football and for producing young players.

“This past year has been no different and full credit to Steve Davis and the job he has done because they are still producing players and selling them, but still being competitive.

“Crewe won't change their style and we won't change ours - it will be two football teams going into battle. I think it will be an exciting game and quite an open game. Hopefully, we can get the result we need to try to keep the momentum we have built.”

Central midfielder Shaun MacDonald is the major absentee after sustaining an ankle ligament injury in the win over Colchester last time out.

Playmaker Marc Pugh has overcome the sickness bug which hampered him against Colchester. Richard Hughes could come into contention after returning to training this week, although he lacks match fitness having not featured since October due to a hamstring problem.

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3:43pm Thu 20 Dec 12

jontee says...

As EH says, a very stern test. Crewe are a good footballing side in what is a very direct league.
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Also, we have yet to come to terms with the loss of McDonald. The rest of the season depends on how and how quickly we do that. Personally I'd be delighted with a draw out of this game.
As EH says, a very stern test. Crewe are a good footballing side in what is a very direct league. . Also, we have yet to come to terms with the loss of McDonald. The rest of the season depends on how and how quickly we do that. Personally I'd be delighted with a draw out of this game. jontee
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5:01pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Square Old Codger says...

Always a good footballing side, with a great Academy, both under Dario Grado and now Steve Davis and will be no pushover. Expect a 1- 1 draw.
Always a good footballing side, with a great Academy, both under Dario Grado and now Steve Davis and will be no pushover. Expect a 1- 1 draw. Square Old Codger
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8:22pm Thu 20 Dec 12

golfer33 says...

I dont want to upset the management but i feel we are not getting the best out of this squad. I would prefer if we had Tubbs up front with Grabban and Pitman playing as inside forwards. I have seen many matches where we dominate the game but can't put the ball in the net. We play too much down the flanks, remember the goal is in the middle of the pitch, when the ball comes over we have only one player going for the ball, it looks good but with no result. last week Pitman missed 4 clear cut chances, I'm sure in the future he will convert 2. I am also not in favour of the long 50- 50 ball forward from defence, we are too good for that type of football. Lets play football along the ground, we can win these games more easier. Come january we will be playing the better sides where we will be tested. we need to put the game to sleep in the 1st half. UP AND ONWARDS, we can do it.
I dont want to upset the management but i feel we are not getting the best out of this squad. I would prefer if we had Tubbs up front with Grabban and Pitman playing as inside forwards. I have seen many matches where we dominate the game but can't put the ball in the net. We play too much down the flanks, remember the goal is in the middle of the pitch, when the ball comes over we have only one player going for the ball, it looks good but with no result. last week Pitman missed 4 clear cut chances, I'm sure in the future he will convert 2. I am also not in favour of the long 50- 50 ball forward from defence, we are too good for that type of football. Lets play football along the ground, we can win these games more easier. Come january we will be playing the better sides where we will be tested. we need to put the game to sleep in the 1st half. UP AND ONWARDS, we can do it. golfer33
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10:11pm Thu 20 Dec 12

redster says...

Feel confident generally,but feel we have scraped through too many times recently.would be pleased with a draw tomorrow,if our defence holds.
Feel confident generally,but feel we have scraped through too many times recently.would be pleased with a draw tomorrow,if our defence holds. redster
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