EDDIE Howe says he has no complaints with the negative reaction from some Cherries fans after last Saturday’s defeat against Burnley, adding “we owe them a performance this weekend”.

Some supporters left Vitality Stadium early as the hosts lost 3-1 against the Clarets while others voiced their frustrations by booing the side at the final whistle as Cherries’ poor form extended to one win in nine.

And Howe understands their disappointment as he prepares his side to travel to Brighton and Hove Albion tomorrow (3pm).

He said: “I took a couple of things from it actually.

“The fact they did it at the end of the game and not during the game, huge respect for that because if I try and put myself in their shoes, I wouldn’t necessarily have enjoyed watching that performance.

“But they supported the players during the game and that’s all I can ever ask.

“Afterwards they’re totally free to express their opinions how they see fit.

“We owe them a performance this weekend and we’re doing everything we can to deliver that.”

Cherries still sit 10 points clear of the relegation zone but could need nine more from their remaining five matches to be mathematically safe for another season in the top flight.

But Howe insists he has full faith in his squad to turn around their recent form.

He said: “All through the journey that we’ve been on through a number of years now we’ve had moments and times where it’s been very, very difficult.

“Only when you’re on the inside do you feel that.

“We’ve been here before. We have to dig deep, show character and resilience and we know that we will come through this period of time.

“I’ve got no doubt about that because we’ve got a quality team. I really do believe in the players.

“You go through these phases but what’s important when you go through the phases is that you don’t lose your way of playing and what really defines you.

“That’s what we’re desperately searching for tomorrow.”