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Friday 23 August 2019

Eddie Howe wants Bournemouth to build on recent good form

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has challenged his side to build on their recent improved form
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has challenged his side to build on their recent improved form

Bournemouth cannot allow their standards to drop if they want to keep themselves out of trouble, manager Eddie Howe has warned.

The Cherries have won three of their last four Premier League matches, which has lifted them to 13th place.

However, Howe knows all the hard work of recent weeks - with an away win over Newcastle followed by a 4-0 home victory against Huddersfield - will count for nothing if they fail to produce the required performance at Swansea.

" We have got to look to build on our recent performances, we don't want to drop our standards, drop our levels on the back of a couple of good wins," Howe said at a press conference, broadcast on the club's official website.

"That will show where we are with the mentality of the group, that we want to achieve more - I certainly do, and I hope the players have that same feeling."

Howe continued: "The sanity is tested at times in this job, but it is about being experienced enough to know you have been there before and if you keep doing the right things, then the luck changes.

"I am a firm believer in doing the right things and not veering away from what brought you success previously.

"We have got the balance right in the past few games.

"The challenge now is to continue that and really build on consistency, to become the team we want to be.

"I really believe we can do a lot better - the potential in the team is huge, but these are still key games for us."

Howe knows he cannot afford to rest on his laurels, with plenty more hard work ahead.

"We are all under pressure, that is the nature of the beast," the Bournemouth boss said. " When you manage in the Premier League you're only one result away from a crisis it seems, but also from lifting yourself as well.

"As a manager you know that comes with the territory with the spotlight which comes on you."

Bournemouth will take on a Swansea side second bottom of the table and looking to avoid what would be a fifth straight Premier League loss.

Howe, though, insists there can be complacency from his team.

"I have seen them many times and Swansea are well organised, they know their jobs and roles," he said.

"They haven't had things all their own way this season, but that is the Premier League, sometimes you can have run of games which are difficult and the players lose confidence. We suffered with that ourselves at the start of the season.

"But they have a very good squad, a very good manager and I will be backing them to come back out of it."

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