DAN Gosling knows Cherries must stem the tide of goals – starting with Saturday's visit to managerless Swansea City.

Gosling insists Cherries must find a way to "grind out" a positive result at the Liberty Stadium to get them back on track for a lofty Premier League finish.

Swansea this week sacked manager Bob Bradley after just 11 games in charge.

The American was a surprise appointment when Swansea dismissed Francesco Guidolin at the start of October.

First-team coaches Paul Williams and Alan Curtis – who was interim manager last season following the sacking of Garry Monk – are set to take charge against Cherries.

Eddie Howe's side have lost their past two games – against Southampton and Chelsea – but Gosling felt their display at Stamford Bridge constituted a significant improvement on their efforts against Saints.

For all that they matched the Blues for chunks of the Boxing Day clash, Cherries were undone by a toxic combination – their tendency to gift opponents scoring opportunities and an inability to take their own chances.

Cherries have conceded three times in five of their past six games.

Gosling told the Daily Echo: "We went to Chelsea and played some nice stuff and were right in the game.

"But we conceded three sloppy goals. We can’t keep conceding two or three goals a game.

"We won’t win many games if we do. It puts a lot of pressure on the attacking side of our game because we have to score three or four to win.

"We need to grind out a result, somehow, and hopefully we can do that at Swansea."

Cherries mirrored Chelsea's three at the back ploy on Monday.

Gosling says playing the system requires some serious leg work but he believed it was having the desired effect until Pedro struck for the hosts midway through the first half.

"Our game plan was working," he said. "We felt confident in the formation and caused them some problems. But we were caught out for the first goal.

"Even then, we were still right in the game. Jack Wilshere had a great volley that was blocked and we had one or two other half-chances where we could have done a bit better.

"We had to take those chances to get an equaliser or to get back in the game when it was 2-0. But it’s just not falling for us at the moment."

Gosling was also disconcerted by the timing of Chelsea's second goal.

Eden Hazard's 49th-minute penalty represented the second game on the bounce – and the fourth time in their past nine outings – Cherries had conceded within 15 minutes of the restart.

"It’s something we have to address," said the midfielder. "We spoke about it during the week and then we conceded a goal four minutes into the second half.

"If we hadn't conceded that second goal, we would have been in it right until the end."

After going to the home of the league leaders, Cherries next visit a Swansea side one place off the foot of the table.

"We’ll recuperate this week, then get back to the training ground and get ready," continued Gosling.

"With them being in the lower reaches of the league, it’s the sort of game we need to be winning to keep us up around the top half of the division."