CHERRIES star Marc Pugh says the players are "doing everything we can" to find a solution to their current poor run of form.

Eddie Howe's squad spent four days in Madrid prior to the 2-1 defeat at West Brom, a trip Pugh described as a "great bit of bonding".

And the winger has revealed team-mates are spending extra time together to further reinforce the famed spirit that exists in the squad – although nights on the town are off the agenda.

Pugh told the Daily Echo: "We are quite a tight-knit bunch. If we’re going through a bad period, which we are at the moment, we try to pull together and do everything we can together, on and off the field.

"Bournemouth is quite a small place and we all live around the area so we are having coffees or whatever it may be and trying to work on what we need to put right.

"But the gaffer is not a big fan of nights out. Bournemouth is a goldfish bowl!"

Despite the time in Spain not having reaped instant dividends, Pugh is certain its benefits will pay off in the long run.

"It was a really physical couple of days’ training and a great bit of team bonding over there," he said.

"Since I’ve been at Bournemouth, that spirit has been a massive part of us and who we are.

"We cannot lose that. That is what has brought us success.

"We have to keep battling to the end in every game, no matter the situation because, in football, things can change so quickly."

Goalkeeper Artur Boruc's miscued punch led to West Brom's winning goal at The Hawthorns.

But Pugh insisted Cherries' all-for-one attitude meant there would be no finger-pointing in training.

He said: "As a team, it is important for us to bail out team-mates when they make a mistake and go up the other end and score a goal.

"It’s just one of those things in football.

"On another day, the ball would have fallen down for us to clear. But it landed for their man and that is the way it is going for us at the moment.

"We just have to be man enough to deal with that and move on."

Although he is adamant Cherries are not panicking in the wake of four successive defeats, Pugh admits the players are conscious of the improving form of the teams below them.

"You can’t let it worry you, but you don’t want to be only two or three points clear (of the relegation zone) because that brings an added pressure," added the former Hereford player, who started his fourth top-flight game this season against the Baggies.

"We want to be looking up the table and finishing as high as possible.

"We don’t want to be in a dogfight, that’s for sure.

"It was nice to be back involved at West Brom.

"I love playing in the Premier League and we have to get positive results now."