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2015 12 28 Retrieve
[Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth] We were well in the game. We started brightly but once we conceded we wobbled. At 1-0 there was always a chance we could get into the game but the second goal was of huge quality and ended it. We are developing all the time as a side. We still have some way to go but if we make the same improvement again we will be a good side. We took the game to Arsenal in the first half but unfortunately the quality of their players told in the end
2016 02 07 Retrieve
[Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal] We were slow out the blocks today, which is unlike us. If you give a team like Arsenal time on the ball they will punish you
We were much-improved in the second half without getting that goal to put them under pressure. We kept going, kept fighting, and if we had got that goal back with say 20 minutes to go, it would have made for an interesting finish. We got into some really good positions without the cutting edge we have had in recent weeks
2017 02 14 Retrieve
[Arter was part of a midfield overrun and outclassed as City excelled to move up to second in the Premier League table, but Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was nonetheless pleased with how his side performed] We needed a positive response to the Everton game, and we got that. The attitude and motivation to the team was very good. Looking to the future, those are important characteristics to the team. We need to get our bounce back, and that will only come from a win, but that was a positive step forward.
I thought City were very good, a very controlled performance as the away team. Our lads gave everything they could, worked incredibly hard, and I can’t ask for anything more. I just felt they were better than us
[Bournemouth’s fitness problems continued, as both Jack Wilshere and Simon Francis were forced off with injuries] Jack is just feeling his ankle. I don’t think there’s a major injury there. He just felt he couldn’t move as freely as he wanted to and had a pain in his ankle, so we took him off. Simon is feeling his hamstring again. Any injuries we get to established first-team players are going to be difficult to manage
2017 05 30 Retrieve
[Begovic - a former loanee at Bournemouth - will battle with Artur Boruc and Adam Federici for a starting berth under Eddie Howe, and the Cherries boss is delighted to see the extra competition for places] Asmir is an outstanding goalkeeper who has proved himself capable of performing at the highest level over a number of years. He is at the right age and the right fit. He is a leader as well and exactly the kind of character you want in the team. Asmir will provide great competition to the excellent group of goalkeepers we already have here and his experience will prove invaluable in the dressing room and on the pitch. I look forward to him being a very important player here for years to come
2017 08 21 Retrieve
[During their 2-0 defeat on Saturday, Arter stopped his Watford counterpart from taking a shot by appearing to shout ‘Jack’s!’ behind him, causing Chalobah to leave the ball] It depends where you’re sitting I think. It’s very rare that it comes up. We have a word that we use for leaving the ball. I haven’t spoken to Harry about the incident so it’s hard for me taking things second hand. Until I speak to him I’ll probably swerve it.
2017 12 17 Retrieve
[Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said he disagreed with Asmir Begovic’s assessment of Liverpool, revealing he spoke to his goalkeeper about the criticism] Asmir and I did speak about it. I think that was the right thing to do from my perspective, just to say to all my squad I don’t think we should be airing our views on opponents, certainly not before games and possibly not even after. From a players’ perspective, I don’t think you ever want to see anyone say anything negative towards any other team in the Premier League. We are all competing and all trying to do the same thing and I think it is very important we all show respect for each other. I think Asmir was put in a situation in which he was on a programme where he was asked his opinion and every person has the right to give their opinion
[Asked if he agreed with Begovic] Personally, no. That is my opinion
2018 01 22 Retrieve
[Emerson Hyndman’s loan to Rangers in the second half of last season appeared to have put the young American on the path toward success. But another injury set him back once more and the 21-year-old Hyndman has struggled to receive any playing time this season at his parent club of Bournemouth, despite previously strong support by manager Eddie Howe] That’s something we will look at towards the end of the window. I wouldn’t close it off and say no but I wouldn’t say yes, either. We will make a decision taking into account the state of our squad at that time
[Howe also praised Hyndman’s work this season, and his performance in the FA Cup matches] I think Emerson did really well against Wigan here and did very well when he came on the other day. I’d love to give him more opportunities but that is difficult as the position he plays is one of our strongest in terms of numbers. I’m very pleased with the way he’s attacked the season and how well he has done behind the scenes, so we will make the right decision for Emerson
2018 12 05 Retrieve
[Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe didn’t feel his side were at their best either] Huddersfield were very good. It was nice to go 2-0 up but they had nothing to lose and played well. We defended well. Huddersfield do a lot of things well. You could say we were slightly fortunate but we deserve that. We scored two good goals and you think you can go on and put it to bed but it swung. I wasn’t happy with the period from 2-0 until half-time. But second half we were more secure
2019 02 28 Retrieve
[Arsenal 5-1 Bournemouth] Arsenal did have individuals who played well and they were too good for us. But that mindset takes away ownership of what we delivered with our own team. They may have played well but our perspective is clear that we can do so much better and are capable of much more than that. We will not kid ourselves and our analysis has to be that it was not acceptable
Maybe I need to readdress that. We have spoke at length with the players, it is nothing we haven’t discussed, but we have to put that into action. We’re always looking over shoulder because we need points and we need results. Whether we are safe or not we need to pride ourselves on being our best and we were way short of that today
2019 07 30 Retrieve
[Eddie Howe is confident that Ryan Fraser will stay at Bournemouth, despite rumoured interest from Arsenal] There had been no developments in terms of [contract discussions]. It goes in line with what I said earlier – we are very keen to keep our best players. I am confident that we can keep the squad together and keep adding players the other way to make us improve
[Although Howe is reluctant to see Fraser depart, he understands why one of his star players is attracting interest from the Europa League finalists] I think it’s part and parcel of being a footballer at this level. Especially if you’re excelling and doing well, you’re going to have people talk about you, write about you and speculate. I would urge any player in that situation to ignore the talk and just play football and do what you do best. I think Ryan’s done that very well
2019 08 23 Retrieve
[Bournemouth’s poor record against Manchester City is inspiring Cherries boss Eddie Howe to oversee an improvement, and he believes halting Raheem Sterling will be key to avoiding defeat this weekend] It inspires me. We’ve got to try to turn that around and use that record to inspire us in this game. I don’t think we’re the only team to suffer a bad record against Manchester City in recent years. They’re an outstanding team and, every time we’ve played against them, we’ve come off the pitch learning more about ourselves and what we have to do to grow and become better. We try to embrace these challenges and not look at it fearfully.
I think the two games against them last season were pretty strong (3-0 and 1-0 defeats). We felt we were competitive without showing our best attributes, but we managed to limit their main strengths for spells of the games. They’ve just got quality and they can hurt you in any moment of the game and we’ve just come on the wrong side of the games against them, but I’d like to think we’re getting closer. We know historically that, if we perform at our very best, we’ve got a chance of beating anybody and I think that’s been the story of our Premier League journey
He’s a player who’s done very well against us in recent seasons and he’s an outstanding talent. He’s added a huge, consistent run of goals to his game, which has made him even better, and he’s certainly someone who we’ll have to keep quiet. You look through their team though and they’ve got other players in the attacking positions that you’re going to have to deal with, but we hope to keep him quiet and nullify his strengths. He’s certainly in very good form at the moment
2019 08 25 Retrieve
[Bournemouth vs Manchester City. Struggling against City is hardly unique to Bournemouth, but Eddie Howe says their past defeats will serve as motivation ahead of Sunday’s game] I wouldn’t say it frustrates me. I think it inspires me. We’ve got to try to turn that around and use that record to inspire us in this game. I don’t think we will be the only team to suffer a bad record against Manchester City in recent years. They are an outstanding team and every time we have played against them we have come off the pitch learning more about ourselves and what we have to do to grow and become better. We try to embrace these challenges, not look at it fearfully
2019 09 15 Retrieve
[Eddie Howe praises tireless Lewis Cook] He was hugely impressive. He’s missed a lot of football but he has done everything right in his recovery. He has put the yards in. I’ve never seen a player run as much as he has. He has had two behind closed doors game and looked really good in those. That’s why I selected him.
[Eddie Howe stated he’d never seen a player run as much as Cook did during his rehab] He is very much the modern type of centre midfield player and we are just pleased to get him back now. We hope he stays fit and available for us and gets back to the levels he was consistently before because he was a huge part of our team.’
You don’t want to go too long without winning at home. We’ve been unfortunate in previous home games. We knew the importance today and it’s a great win against a good team
2019 10 04 Retrieve
[Eddie Howe considers Callum Wilson’s move speculation outside of transfer windows to be pointless] To hear transfer links and rumours at this stage when the window is shut and a long way from being open. For me, it’s pointless talking about it. I take with a pinch of salt, to be honest, at this stage of the season. There’s nothing that we can do, that Callum can do, other than perform well. That influences rumours and things like that at this stage of the season. He’s just got to focus on his next game and give his best for this club
[Another call-up has been earned to the latest Three Lions squad, with Howe adding on that recognition] It’s deserved. I think he’s had a good start to the season. I think with Callum we have just been focusing on his performances and making sure he delivers what we need for the team. On the back of that, we have always said we feel he will score goals if he gets the finer points of his performance right. I think he has and now he’s in a confident mood – that’s a great sign for us and for him
2019 11 01 Retrieve
[Eddie Howe says Solskjaer building a new Man Utd and doing an excellent job] There’s positive signs for them. They’ve got quality players, a very good manager who has given them real stability. He’s working to the future to build a new Manchester United. I imagine it is [hard under that level of pressure]. I think he’s handled himself really well and done an excellent job to this point
[On United’s wins against Norwich and Chelsea this week] Certainly looking at their last few games, which I have in great detail, I think they have played very well. The game against Chelsea was a very strong performance. They’ll be pleased with their attacking play and defensive structures. Then looking back at Norwich, playing them away is a tough game and I thought they were very professional, did the job and got a really good win
[Marcus Rashford’s stoppage-time strike gave the Red Devils a 2-1 win at the Vitality last season] I think the home games here, we have tried to be very competitive against them. Last year was a really tight game. It swung their way in the last few seconds but we gave them a good match. The game we won here in our first Primer League season, that was a historic moment for us. That gave us real confidence in a time when we needed it. We need a good start tomorrow. We need the crowd absolutely with us and we really want this ground pumping
2019 12 11 Retrieve
[Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has admitted he has little say in preventing players like Nathan Ake from leaving the club in January] It would be obviously my wish to hold on to everybody. Some of these things are out of our control. We will wait and see. I don’t want to give you evasive answers but I am in no control of that at the moment. A lot of things with transfers - trying to bring players in, trying to keep the squad we have - is out of my hands. Obviously, we will be doing our best to be as strong as we can be in the second half of the season
2019 12 26 Retrieve
[Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe thought there was an obvious shift in the Gunners’ tactical approach after Arteta take over] We assumed their philosophy would change and I think it did. It was quite visible to see them playing in a slightly different way. The system was different but we couldn’t plan for that. We had no idea really what they were going to do, we had to plan for us and make sure we were better than we were against Burnley
2019 12 28 Retrieve
[Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Aaron Mooy on target as Brighton beat Bournemouth 2-0] No complaints about the result. I thought we took time to settle into the game. We were not at our best, we conceded an early goal. The second half was tough […] We were slow out of the traps, we conceded a goal which gave us a mountain to climb, but we recovered and should have scored
2020 01 03 Retrieve
[Howe responds to Nathan Ake’s Chelsea, Arsenal & Man City links] Nothing to report on Nathan. He’s recording well from his injury and we’ll see what happens when he is back fit
The biggest thing for us is to get some players back who are injured. We know the quality of players who are missing. If we can [sign players], then great. I’m not going to give you any definitive ideas for what will happen. Maybe loans but maybe nothing. It’ll depend on the injured players coming back
[And the manager, who saved his club from the drop – and potentially going out of business – over a decade ago, may look to draw on previous experiences as he looks to arrest the Cherries’ slump] That first season prepared me in so many good ways for what will come after. It was the ultimate pressure because the date of the football club hung in the balance. It was uncomfortable, but I was fortunate to be thrust into that position
2020 01 18 Retrieve
[Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has now seen his team lose five of their last six games and fall three points adrift of Premier League safety] If referees get the right call [then VAR is OK]. It gives him time to make his decision. Time will tell if it is the right call
2020 01 27 Retrieve
[Eddie Howe claims Arsenal are not far away from being genuine contenders for the Premier League title] I don’t think they are far away [from being title challengers]. I think there’s a lot of overreaction in many different phases to different teams’ form. It just takes one good season - obviously there needs to be an upturn in consistent results. They’ve got a very good manager now, they’ve good players - I think they’ve had very good managers historically but sometimes you just need things to click into place. But I think a lot of the top sides are sort of in that moment where they are rebuilding to sustain a challenge and I think Arsenal will be one of those teams
[The Bournemouth boss had been linked with a number of top jobs after establishing the Cherries among English football’s elite] It just goes with the territory and you understand that. You know how short term everything can be. I’ve said before, you’re either good, or you’re bad, you are bracketed into that. I’ve got no problem with that. It’s very much how it is and that’s why I don’t think you can get associated with it yourself. You just have to let other people define you and you just carry on with your work
2020 01 28 Retrieve
[2-1 Lost at the Vitality Stadium against Arsenal] There were tactical problems for us. We changed system a couple of times but we weren’t ourselves out of possession. We were second in the battles. Against quality teams that is what you have to master
2020 01 31 Retrieve
[Eddie Howe could not rule out Joshua King making a move to Manchester United on the last day of the transfer window] It’s a difficult one for me to comment too much on. I’m not going to deny anything you’ve read [about Bournemouth rejecting a bid for King], but I don’t want to talk too much about it. Who knows what’s going to happen between now and the deadline closing? Josh is much valued and loved by us and obviously another club has seen how good he is, so let’s wait and see.
He’s a massive, massive part of our team and has been for a long period of time. He brings that unique pace and strength that he has coupled with a really good technical ability and an eye for goal. So he’s been a massive part of what we’ve done in the last few years. He plays a number of positions as well, so that versatility is key.
We’ve missed him since he’s been out injured, so speaking as the manager, I would be very reluctant to lose a player of that quality. I think the difficulty from my perspective is how late it is in the window. With a day to go, it’s incredibly difficult to find a player of that quality. [But] a lot of these things are out of my control. I love him as a player and person. I know what Manchester United means to him with his history with the club
2020 02 07 Retrieve
[Joshua King had ‘difficult couple of days’ after talk of Man United return] That was a difficult couple of days for him. But it’s a huge compliment and a huge moment for him, to have Manchester United come in and express an interest in him. But he’s very focused on our current position and this club. He knows we’re in a relegation fight; it’s no time for him to focus on himself, he knows that, and he’s very much a team player. So, he’s looking forward to being fit and contributing to our battle
Joshua and Jack have trained this week and are both getting close. We’ll have to make decision if we involve them on Sunday
2020 03 07 Retrieve
[Salah cancelled out Wilson’s strike after 25 minutes, but Eddie Howe saw a turning point six minutes earlier when Bournemouth captain Steve Cook was forced off with injury] The big moment for us really is Steve Cook’s injury. That’s a hammer blow for us at that moment of the game when we’d started so well, to lose our captain and the relationship he has with Nathan [Ake] at the heart of our defence. That was a tough one to take. It looks like it’s a hamstring pull. It looks like he’ll be struggling for a number of weeks. I think the reshuffle to our back line wasn’t helpful to us and it’s very difficult for players to come in and get adjusted to the speed of the game and probably Jack fell victim to that
2020 06 14 Retrieve
[The Bournemouth treatment room is finally emptying out and that’s a huge boost for Eddie Howe as he tries to lead his side away from the relegation zone when the Premier League returns] Fingers crossed we will have a stronger squad than when we stopped playing. Yes, it will be a huge lift and boost for us when we get Brooks back - we’ve definitely missed him this season. He’s a very, very good player and did so well for us last season, building up such good relationships with all the others around him. So far he is looking good and I’m really happy with his progress, fingers crossed he will be OK for the first game. But it’s not just him. There are other players that could come back into contention. Arnaut Danjuma, Chris Mepham, Lloyd Kelly and Steve Cook are all back in training and they were not available when we stopped. I would like to think by the time we get back to playing, we will be stronger in defence and other areas as well
2020 06 19 Retrieve
[Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confirmed winger Ryan Fraser will not play for the club again] I don’t think I was particularly surprised by his decision. It’s been clear to us as a club for some time that Ryan was not going to sign a new contract with us. The first thing to say on this is no-one could have predicted what would have happened with the virus, the season shutting down and then being extended. Ryan’s then found himself in a very difficult position because of that. He has now played his last game for the football club. He won’t be involved with us for the last nine games. I only want players who are fully focused on the relegation battle that we have ahead and I’m looking forward to doing that with my squad. These are the most important games this football club has had in recent times and we need everybody in the same position mentally, fight tooth and nail for the football club. Ryan, due to his contract situation, can’t commit to that. Two games for us wasn’t going to make the difference. We need a nine-game commitment and he can’t give that at this moment in time. We go ahead with the current squad and probably the strongest squad I’ve had to pick from this season. Hopefully that will show in the games we have. [Fraser] didn’t deserve this ending but the circumstances that have arisen have meant this has happened. I’m sad for him because he’s had a really good link with the supporters and they’ve really loved him during his time here. The way it’s ended is uncomfortable for me and it’s sad because it shouldn’t have ended like this.
2020 06 30 Retrieve
[Callum Wilson ban a chance for Bournemouth strikers to shine] Personally, I don’t see any big reason for that. I think you just look at the last booking he had, I thought that was incredibly harsh. (He was) trying to go for the ball, potential goalscoring opportunity. You don’t want to lose any player through suspension - especially not for two games at this stage of the season - so that’s definitely something for us to look back on with Callum. His miss is someone else’s opportunity and I think that’s how we have got to look at it
[In reserve, Dominic Solanke and Sam Surridge will be keen to demonstrate they can fill the void in attack for a side who have only found the net on 29 occasions this season] It’s obvious, I think we haven’t scored enough goals in recent games and we haven’t kept enough clean sheets. I think definitely the goalscoring issue has been an issue for us throughout the season and I think the biggest concern is it has been very unlike us. Where historically we have always scored goals - and historically we have probably always conceded them - the fact the goals column has been tough to impact has definitely contributed to a dip in confidence levels. I look back before lockdown and there’s some really tough defeats there when we had played well, and then since lockdown the two games have been tight but we haven’t done enough to impact their goalkeeper. I think since lockdown (Newcastle) have been very good, they have been very competitive, I have been impressed with their performances now for a consistent run in the Premier League and I think they have done very well. We expect a very difficult game and a very motivated team to come here
2020 07 02 Retrieve
[Newcastle ignited their quest for a top-half finish with a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Bournemouth that deepened the Cherries’ relegation fears] The positives are hard to find with that scoreline. I cannot sugar-coat the score in a massive game for us. The scoreline says so much. The early goal again, like it did against Palace, rocked us. You saw a team that were giving their all but were playing under the burden of the situation, that is something we have to clear very quickly
2020 07 03 Retrieve
[Eddie Howe: Steve Cook wrong to criticise Bournemouth in public] Listen, I don’t think they are helpful for us. When you don’t perform well, I think everything needs to be internal - that’s always been how I’ve worked, we keep things in-house, and our opinions of ourselves stay that way. I have a duty when I come to the media to tell the truth in respect of what I think of our performances and I don’t think it’s healthy to view ourselves or read ourselves in that way. For the collective good of the group and the club, we know recent performances haven’t been good enough, I don’t think you need to be too clever to work that out. Nothing can change the past, we can only change the future and the only way we’re going to do that is to stay together
Fearing the sack is not helpful or productive in any way. What am I going to do, sit at home and worry about my future? No. I’m going to try and make the team play better and try and focus all of my energies on what we deliver on the training ground, how I speak to my players. I am a realist. I know football is all about results, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been at a football club, you need to win games. But I can only affect what I’m doing right now. As manager you take responsibility for everything and that’s the way it should be, and it has to be, and it will continue to be. I know my work - for whatever reason - hasn’t been good enough and together with the players we fight on to try and turn things around
2020 07 05 Retrieve
[Manchester United put on an electric showing of attacking flair to beat Bournemouth 5-2 and temporarily move into the top four] It was much better from the attacking sense. We were a threat in the game today from start to finish. On the counter-attack we had pace in wide areas, front positions, scored a good goal so that was a big improvement on recent weeks. But defensively today once we conceded the first goal, that was not our finest hour. We know we’re in the Premier League and I think if you don’t get every detail right, you will find it difficult
I think the most disappointing goal for me is the first goal. I think we’ll look back at that as a key moment in the match. We had the lead and I haven’t seen the goal again but my gut feel is we didn’t deal with it anywhere near well enough. I think that changed the game in terms of momentum. I think the second goal was a harsh penalty to give against us. Third goal was an unbelievable finish. The really good thing is the beginning of the second half we came out with real intent, got back in the match. And the fourth goal probably knocked the stuffing out of us.
2020 07 08 Retrieve
[Eddie Howe interview: Reflecting on relegation battle lessons from League Two and collective spirit] We’re facing a huge challenge but it’s a challenge we’re ready to take on, and we’re ready to embrace
[context is key and for Howe, who took charge in his first spell at the club with Bournemouth in the relegation zone of League Two after a 17-point deduction, there is still real belief the Cherries can overcome the odds once again] It probably is and it probably does. But you look back through previous seasons where we’ve just kept our heads above the line in the Premier League and it’s always been quite tight, and they’ve been pivotal moments. Now this is a pivotal moment - and I’m sure in seasons beyond there’ll be pivotal moments in there as well. We just have to stay very present in our next day’s training, in our next game, don’t look too far ahead and try to enjoy and embrace the challenge.
[He feels a similar unity among his current squad, who are facing up to their own defining moments] There was a really stern focus on what we needed to do. When I look back to the League Two days, we were all absolutely focused on the team. There were no individual agendas, no thoughts of, ‘what happens if the worst happens, what’s my own situation going to look like?’ It wasn’t even contemplated
[We have a group that care deeply about the team and the club] It was all on: ‘we will do this, we have to do this’ - and then, ‘how can I help the team achieve it?’. We’re going to need all of those qualities in the next couple of weeks. It’s a different group, it’s a different era, it’s a different league, there are so many differences I think it’s a very tough one to compare. But I still think we have very, very good professionals, I think we have a group that care deeply about the team and the club. We don’t have anyone, that I see and that I hear, that’s not focused on helping the team achieve their objectives. Although it’s a different group and different individuals involved I still feel the collective is there.
[Our character has been tested to the absolute maximum] We’ve tried to be tight defensively, we’ve worked hard on it. We’ve tried to be a creative threat in the game, we haven’t always been. So getting that balance right is absolutely key. But a lot of that comes down to individuals in the team performing to the level we know they can. I think in recent weeks we perhaps haven’t delivered that but Manchester United was a much more positive return for quite a lot of the team, with four or five of the team returning to form. Now we need to put that to all 11 because I think that’s the only way we can get a result. The last run of results has been really difficult to take and our character has been tested to the absolute maximum. I’m hoping to see the benefits of that come out in the next few games because I think it will be just reward for the players’ patience and belief in each other.
[Howe says his side have the ability to spring a surprise if they stick to the principles which has sustained their place in the Premier League since their Championship title win in 2015] When I look back historically [at our wins over big teams] it’s been a willingness to stay in the game. I think we’ve defended doggedly, we’ve been determined, we’ve stuck to our beliefs and whatever game plan we’ve had we’ve delivered it. At times we’ve needed a little bit of luck when the ball has bounced our way and managed to give ourselves a little bit of momentum at key moments. But if we remember those values then we know we’re still in control of the game, even if we’re playing very good teams
[We have enough games and enough points to fight for to shape our own destiny] The temptation is to focus on other teams and that’s not a great thing to do, because you’re putting your power and your future into other teams’ hands. I think it has to be in ours. I think we have enough games and enough points to fight for to shape our own destiny and I’d encourage us to do that. We may need a little bit of luck along the way from somewhere else but we have to look at ourselves
2020 07 08b Retrieve
[Eddie Howe: My love for Bournemouth helping relegation fight] You want to do your very best for the club. I love this club, I love every part of it, and I’m determined to do everything in my power to preserve our Premier League status. My love of the club is driving me to give more in the fight against relegation. Personally, it’s been a period where I’ve definitely been hurting, but nothing has affected my motivation to turn it around. I think that’s the key thing. With every disappointment and setback in my career, and I’ve had plenty of those, I’ve always maintained my desire to respond and we still have time to do that this season. Callum’s always very focused, very motivated, that’s one of the hallmarks of him. He’s a very level guy in terms of how he trains, he’s always wanting to do more, he’s hugely ambitious for himself and for the team. He’s gone away and worked on certain aspects of his game, trying to be a player who can make a difference. Steve Cook’s improved. Whether he’s fit enough to play I don’t know at this moment in time
2020 07 09 Retrieve
[Bournemouth’s hopes of avoiding relegation remain in the balance after Callum Wilson’s last-gasp strike was ruled out by VAR for handball in their 0-0 draw with Tottenham] I think it is a point gained, with the run we have been on coming into this game, I think it is a good point. When that goes in at the end you think we might have won it, there were moments there for us. Our players have given everything in that match. And that is going to be what we need if we are going to stay up. Our hat is still in the ring, we are still in there and we won’t quit until the end. We are so unlucky not to come away with three points
2020 07 10 Retrieve
[Eddie Howe: Bournemouth are building momentum in relegation battle] We have to feed off every positive fibre of that performance. The physical effort, the heart and endeavour showed, and the quality we showed at times as well. That will give the players a huge lift, no doubt. We know that good performances in itself, even if it is an upturn on recent weeks, is not going to be enough. We need results
Yes, we want another good performance but we want to turn that building of momentum into goals and obviously into wins
The players were hurting from the fact that we didn’t win, especially with the emotion of the goal and then it wasn’t a goal. That’s not easy to take and we had Harry Wilson’s late chance as well. There was a feeling that the game was there to win and we hadn’t, so there was a bit of disappointment in there.
It was important I highlighted how well I thought we’d done. I was really pleased with the players, a lot has been chucked at us. A lot of questions have been asked and the only place you can respond is on the pitch. I felt we did in the right way.
You have to believe you’re good enough to keep clean sheets. It was not just that we did it, but the way we did it. We limited some of the best attackers in the country to minimum goalmouth action. It proves to me and the team that we can be resolute to absorb pressure because Tottenham did have quite a bit of the ball as well.
2020 07 13 Retrieve
[Who will join Norwich back in the Championship] We’re in there [with a chance of surviving]. It’s still going to be difficult but we’re in there fighting and we’ll continue to do that right until the end. I’ve always believed the players are good enough to get the results we need, probably for the first time tonight in a long time, we’ve had a bit of luck to go with a lot of work that went into the match. Hopefully that can give us the lift we need for the remaining three games
2020 07 13b Retrieve
[Eddie Howe on Solanke] He deserves great credit. I’ve always believed that Dom’s an outstanding player, he’s got a lot of expectation on his shoulders and rightly so because he’s an outstanding player, technically very good, he’s very intelligent and I do think there are a lot of goals in him. I think he’s proved that today because it was two really good finishes, both totally different, but he’s a player we totally believe in
2020 07 13c Retrieve
[Bournemouth kept their Premier League survival hopes alive after coming from behind to beat Champions League-chasing Leicester 4-1 at the Vitality Stadium] It was a difficult game for us, I have to credit Leicester with how they played in the first half. We were in a really difficult situation at half-time, they’d played well, and we hadn’t. We obviously needed to change things at half-time and just had a mentality that we went for the game and gave everything in that second half to try and get a result. Thankfully, we were able to swing the game around
We’re in there [with a chance of surviving]. It’s still going to be difficult but we’re in there fighting and we’ll continue to do that right until the end. I’ve always believed the players are good enough to get the results we need, probably for the first time tonight in a long time, we’ve had a bit of luck to go with a lot of work that went into the match. Hopefully that can give us the lift we need for the remaining three games
2020 07 14 Retrieve
[Bournemouth are fresh from a victory themselves] Winning is everything. It breeds so many good positive outcomes, it’s what we absolutely needed. We go into the [final] three games with a very positive mindset. Manchester City is a very different game to any other you face in the Premier League. They’ve got some unique qualities, an outstanding manager, brilliant players. It’s a huge task at hand but I believe it’s possible. If we can put it all together, we’re more than capable of getting a result
[Bournemouth are set to be without Nathan Ake - and the defender could miss the rest of the season] It’s a minor groin injury for Nathan. It’s not too serious. I don’t know whether we’ll see Nathan again this season. It’s not a definite no, but it’s not a definite yes.
2020 07 16 Retrieve
[David Silva provided a masterclass as he heads towards his Premier League swansong in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth, which edged the plucky Cherries closer to Premier League relegation] Their clinical finishing was the different between the teams. We had some great opening ourselves, we weren’t quite as ruthless as they were, we’ll kick ourselves when we look back at some of the chances. Today we looked a real threat in front of goal, I thought we had a lot of quality in our performance, we played at the right times, mixed it up quite well, were strong, and so I’m absolutely devastated to come away with nothing after giving so much to the game
2020 07 17 Retrieve
[Eddie Howe says Bournemouth can only focus on themselves in Premier League survival fight] I don’t know whether I will watch the game or not [Watford vs West Ham] but we can only focus on ourselves and trying to get maximum points from our next two games. That takes importance over any other result or games that are going on and I would encourage the players not to watch it either. They just need to concentrate on themselves and getting in the best physical and mental condition possible to play our game. For various reasons we are where we are and I’ve got no idea what it will take to stay up - all we can do is try and hope it is good enough.
We were heartened by the performance and I anticipate the players will be in a very good place. There were so many good things to take from it and if we can repeat that high performance level and the number of chances created against a very good opponent then that will serve us well. The players are in a very good place and confidence levels have definitely shifted upwards as we have gone through the restart. You’re definitely seeing a better performance from the team, especially in the last three games
2020 07 18 Retrieve
[Chris Mepham: Bournemouth defender out for six weeks after knee surgery] He had the injection, the injection didn’t help the problem, so he’s gone under the knife. We anticipate he will be out for around six weeks. We don’t think it’s too serious - hopefully that’s the problem fixed.
It is very difficult for him because before he picked up the (first) injury against Luton in the FA Cup he was in a really good run of form. He was growing in confidence every week and showing everybody how good he could be. Then he had that operation which was quite serious. This one I don’t think is as bad but it’s a blow to him. But he’s a really positive lad. He’s got a very bright future ahead of him, a long career, so it’s important we try to get this one right for him.