EDDIE Howe hopes the "bond between the players and supporters can remain strong" at Cherries for the remainder of the season after the club got back to winning ways.

There were audible boos when Cherries lost against Watford in their last home game, but all four sides of the ground gave Howe's men a rousing ovation following the 3-1 victory against Brighton at Vitality Stadium.

And Howe was pleased to share the victory with the fans, a first win in seven in the top-flight.

“It was important we did that," said the Cherries boss.

"They’ve come every week and watched us and we haven’t performed as we would have wanted to throughout the season. We acknowledge their support.

“I think there are a lot of clubs up and down the country that maybe wouldn’t have been given the time and support that we have.

“We have to recognise that and show our appreciation – I am very thankful we performed and scored goals in front of them.

“Hopefully that feeling and that bond between the players and supporters can remain strong because we are going to need them more than ever in our battle ahead."