Howe confident Bournemouth will stop the slide towards relegation
Bournemouth have just one win from eight games but manager Eddie Howe said his team has not done a lot wrong during the ongoing relegation battle.
Bournemouth visit Crystal Palace tonight having lost their last three games, placing them just four points clear of the bottom three.
But Howe refused to worry too much about the results, urging his players to be more consistency as they look to stop the slide. “In the four seasons that we’ve managed to stay in the Premier League, I think in those four seasons they have been a relegation battle, it’s just we’ve managed to keep our heads above the line in all of those seasons,” the manager, 42, said.
“In other people’s eyes 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’ve needed it, we’ve managed to always stick together through the difficult periods and this season is going to be no different.
“I don’t think there’s a lot wrong with the team, I think we’re in pretty good shape but we have to be more consistent throughout the games.
“There have been slight inconsistencies that have ended up costing us the games, so we have to put a complete performance together, starting tomorrow.”
Despite the form of his team, Howe continues to get linked to other jobs.
When asked about a possible move to Everton should Marco Silva be sacked, Howe said: “It’s not right in any way for me to comment on that.
“I’m working hard here now to get a result tomorrow, so with the run of form we’re in, I find that not the right question to answer.”
Howe offered his condolences to former Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe following the death of his daughter. Afobe, who played for the team between 2016 and 2018, announced on Sunday that twoyear-old Amora had died on Friday following an infection.
“It’s tragic news for Benik, [partner] Lois, and the whole Afobe family.
“Knowing them as well as I do, we really feel their pain and share their pain,” Howe said.
Bournemouth will have captain Simon Francis and midfielder Philip Billing back from one-match suspensions at Selhurst Park.
Cherries winger Harry Wilson is pushing for a start after scor
ing twice as a substitute against Tottenham and full-back Adam Smith could return from illness but forward Joshua King is not expected to overcome a hamstring injury in time.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson declared Mamadou Sakho fit to start, and the Frenchman’s return could not be more timely with the Eagles facing a defensive crisis.
Already denied the services of Joel Ward (knee), Scott Dann (ankle) and Gary Cahill (knee), Hodgson said he had no concerns over playing Sakho after the Frenchman appeared as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Burnley as a replacement for Dann.
“He’s had to wait for his chance, but he has played a game for the Under-23s, played on Saturday for a considerable period in the second half, so I have no fears about his fitness.
Despite poor results recently for Bournemouth, manager Eddie Howe’s name is being touted for a job at Everton Reuters