Cherries: Solid defence quest for Howe after reshuffle

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MANAGER Eddie Howe is determined to ensure promotion-chasing Cherries regain their solid base amid an enforced defensive reshuffle.

Injuries to duo Charlie Daniels and Tommy Elphick left Howe with no option other than to change his consistent backline.

The pair, together with Simon Francis and Steve Cook, had played a major role in Cherries’ push for League One honours under Howe.

However, foot injury victim Daniels has been unavailable since sitting out the Dorset club’s home clash with Crewe on January 26.

His absence was compounded by stand-in skipper Elphick being sidelined following Ryan Lowe’s X-rated tackle at MK Dons on February 2.

Boss Howe has drafted in loan cover in Dan Seaborne and Marcos Painter and he admits the performances of his defence will be crucial to success.

Howe said: “It has been difficult because we had a really settled back four and a back four that was performing very well.

“If ever there are positions in the team that you don’t really want to tinker with too much, it is in defence because that is the bedrock of your success.

“We had injuries to two key players but that is the game and that is what happens to every team. We have just got to make sure that we get that solid look back again.”

While left-back Daniels is resting in a bid to avoid an operation, centre-half Elphick is expected to miss a further two to four weeks.

Howe added: “It is disappointing to lose Tommy because he has been an outstanding player for us.

“Not only that, he has been an outstanding leader and captain for us. We will try to get him back as quickly as we can.”

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7:21pm Mon 18 Feb 13

scottie190 says...

Get better soon both of you we need you badly. Lets hope Donny lose tonight
Get better soon both of you we need you badly. Lets hope Donny lose tonight scottie190
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7:27pm Mon 18 Feb 13

afc Alan says...

Yes let's hope they lose, but even a draw for Donny will mean we will still be leaders as we will have the same goal difference as Donny but scored more goals.
Yes let's hope they lose, but even a draw for Donny will mean we will still be leaders as we will have the same goal difference as Donny but scored more goals. afc Alan
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8:05pm Mon 18 Feb 13

sea poole says...

What really irks me is that the thug Lowe gets suspended for only 3 games and is now eligible to be back, but Tommy is likely to miss 8+ games, as a result of this assault...and Tommy was the innocent one in the lunge...
What really irks me is that the thug Lowe gets suspended for only 3 games and is now eligible to be back, but Tommy is likely to miss 8+ games, as a result of this assault...and Tommy was the innocent one in the lunge... sea poole
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9:44pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Phil McG (Italy) says...

And so we are still top of the league! Remember, points win prizes, not games in hand! Plus Paulo Di Canio has quit Swindon! Up the Cherries!!
And so we are still top of the league! Remember, points win prizes, not games in hand! Plus Paulo Di Canio has quit Swindon! Up the Cherries!! Phil McG (Italy)
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6:19am Tue 19 Feb 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Phil McG (Italy) wrote:
And so we are still top of the league! Remember, points win prizes, not games in hand! Plus Paulo Di Canio has quit Swindon! Up the Cherries!!
Looks like we have had some luck on our side lately with other teams results, here's hoping for a Swindle v Trannie Rovers draw tonight. UTC!
[quote][p][bold]Phil McG (Italy)[/bold] wrote: And so we are still top of the league! Remember, points win prizes, not games in hand! Plus Paulo Di Canio has quit Swindon! Up the Cherries!![/p][/quote]Looks like we have had some luck on our side lately with other teams results, here's hoping for a Swindle v Trannie Rovers draw tonight. UTC! TedMacsCherryPants
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10:14pm Tue 19 Feb 13

jakeysredd says...

Swindon win at tranmire tonight ive heard,
Swindon win at tranmire tonight ive heard, jakeysredd
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