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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is looking for a New Year lift at Swansea after a St Stephen's Day battering at Stamford Bridge spoiled his Christmas.

The Cherries went down 3-0 to Premier League leaders Chelsea last time out and Howe admits it prevented him fully embracing his family's festivities.

Bournemouth's fixture this afternoon is rather more enticing, with managerless and struggling Swansea taking the place of Antonio Conte's winning machine. So Howe, whose side could start 2017 in the top half with victory, is eyeing a return to better spirits at the Liberty Stadium.

"The Chelsea game ruined my Christmas," he said.

"As always, what's going on with our results dictates my mood and how you enjoy your social time. It obviously didn't ruin it for the kids, but personally, it was a difficult Christmas period.

"The nature of the division is that you're always looking over your shoulder."


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