EDDIE Howe insists all of Cherries' seasons in the Premier League "have been a relegation battle" as they seek a first win in four tomorrow.

Howe's charges have slipped to 12th in the table, four points off the bottom three, after three successive losses against Newcastle, Wolves and Tottenham. They head to Crystal Palace tomorrow night (7.30pm).

Aside from their first top-flight campaign in 2015-16 where they finished five points above the relegation zone, Cherries have always ended at least 11 points clear of the drop.

Asked if he is concerned about Cherries getting dragged into a relegation scrap having steered clear of danger in the past, Howe said: "That’s an interesting perspective.

"In the four seasons we’ve had that we’ve managed to stay in the Premier League, in those four seasons they have been exactly that, they have been a relegation battle.

"It’s just we’ve managed to keep our heads above the line in all of those seasons, I think bar the first one and maybe the start of the second one.

"So in other people’s eyes or from the outside you go ‘that’s quite comfortable’. The reality is it’s always been very tight and we’ve just managed to get a big result when we needed it.

"We’ve managed to always stick together through the difficult periods which we’ve had in every season and this season is going to be no different.

"It’s a collective effort, it’s everybody coming together, staying very strong in difficult moments and staying very calm and backing our ability."

Cherries are currently on a run of just one win in their past eight Premier League matches.

"It’s difficult to focus alone on things like that," said Howe.

"I think we just have to look at our last three performances and within those last three performances, the games that we’ve lost, the results could’ve been very different. Even Tottenham on Saturday.

"I don’t think there’s a lot wrong with the team. I think we’re in pretty good shape but I think we have to be more consistent throughout the games.

"Even throughout those games there’s been slight inconsistencies that have ended up costing us the games. We need to put a complete performance together starting tomorrow."

Cherries have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their trip to Selhurst Park.