BOSS Eddie Howe admitted Cherries were “desperate” to turn around their difficult top-flight form when they visit struggling Huddersfield Town tomorrow (3pm).

The Dorset club have lost four of their past five Premier League fixtures, as well as nine consecutive games away from home in the division.

They take on a Terriers outfit rooted to the bottom of the table, having only picked up 14 points from their opening 29 games.

Howe described as a “big game” the trip to west Yorkshire and with 34 points to their name, insisted his side were by no means safe from the drop themselves.

Asked how important it was to break their run of away losses, the Cherries boss said: “We are absolutely desperate to do it and I think it’s important we do it quickly.

“We want that momentum back in our performances and that confidence to return to the team. We recognise the games are running out for us.

“We are in a position where our safety isn’t secured and we are losing distance with the teams above us. We recognise this is a big game.

“We are trying to look upwards and trying to look at the teams we want to catch but we are not going to do that unless we win games quickly.

“That’s why this game and the ones to come are so important.”

Hosts Huddersfield have won just twice in the league at the John Smith’s Stadium this season.

Town boss Jan Siewert has lost five and won one of his six games in charge since replacing David Wagner at the end of January.

“I think Huddersfield this season have been very unlucky,” said Howe.

“I’ve watched a lot of their games and they have been very good.

“Big moments in the games haven’t quite gone their way but as a team I think they have performed well.

“They will be frustrated by their league position but it certainly hasn’t been for the want of trying.”

Huddersfield will be without Jonathan Hogg for the encounter. The midfielder was forced out of last week's defeat at Brighton with bruised ribs.

Defender Demeaco Duhaney (hip) is also sidelined and Laurent Depoitre (foot) is a doubt.

Tommy Smith (ban), Adama Diakhaby, Isaac Mbenza, Abdelhamid Sabiri and Danny Williams are all still out for the hosts.