CONFIDENT Dan Gosling believes Cherries will thrive on pressure and says the Premier League relegation battle "separates the men from the boys".

The Dorset club remained five points clear of the drop zone following the 2-2 draw with Newcastle United, Eddie Howe's side moving to 32 points with 10 games left.

Leicester City provide the opposition on Saturday, a team Cherries are unbeaten against in the top flight. And Gosling is ready to embrace a potentially crucial 90 minutes at King Power Stadium.

He said: "There is a lot of pressure to play but this is what we do, this is our livelihood, this is our job and we do like pressure situations.

"Sometimes that separates the men from the boys and we have been doing that recently, showing great character to play our football.

"We don’t want to be a direct team. It is difficult but we are doing it and still picking up points so we have to stay positive.

"We know we have got a lot of goals in the side, we have got a huge amount of pace and a huge amount of attacking options.

"We know we can score and that is why we never give up. When you are struggling to score goals you are probably looking around thinking, ‘how we going to change the game when we are one or two nil down?’

"With this squad we don’t think like that and that’s been shown in the past few weeks.

"There are huge prizes for staying up so everyone is giving their best and it is probably going to go down to the wire.

"This league this year is really strange. A lot of teams are beating top teams when teams should have been down and out.

"We turned over Chelsea and Arsenal and Swansea turned over Arsenal and Liverpool."

Meanwhile, Cherries full-back Adam Smith has underlined the importance of escaping trouble as quickly as possible.

Smith, who started the comeback against Newcastle with a superb second-half strike, said: “It’s tight down there and we still need to win games to get out of this situation.

"The important thing was we didn’t lose to Newcastle and, hopefully, we can pick up a few more wins and get safe. The quicker we can do it, the better.

“This time last season we were on 30 points so we were in a more difficult situation than we are now.

“It's that tight, you get a few wins together, you are up there again. If you get a few bad results, you are back down there.

“It can swing both ways and we have to make sure we don’t get in a situation where we lose quite a few games.

“I think we are used to being that small club everyone thinks could go down. We don’t get influenced by that at all, we stick together and it shows."