Ahead of their clash with Huddersfield this weekend, Eddie Howe has issued a warning to players and fans about their season after a dismal month of results.
In his Friday press conference, Howe said:
“We absolutely desperate to resolve our away form. We want that confidence to return to the team and we recognise that our safety isn’t secure. This is a big game for us.
“We’re looking up the table right now, but it’s no good doing that and not winning games.”
The Cherries haven’t won since their shock 4-0 victory over Chelsea at the end of January and last month they conceded 11 goals in four games. Despite a strong start to the season, Howe is aware that they are not completely safe and, if they don’t get their act together soon, they could find themselves staring relegation in the face – however unlikely that is.
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Cardiff and Southampton – one of which currently look likely to follow relegation certainties Fulham and Huddersfield down to the Championship – have somewhat got their act together in recent weeks, particularly the former, who were unlucky not to take a point from Old Trafford last weekend.
Fortunately for the Cherries, they have something that neither of those teams have – a clinical striker. It will of course depend on when Callum Wilson, who returned to training this week, gets back to full fitness.
Surely, from the position they’re in, Bournemouth can’t slip now – can they?