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Sunday 22 April 2018

Howe happy to win ugly

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is known for encouraging an attractive brand of football
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is known for encouraging an attractive brand of football

Eddie Howe has revealed that Bournemouth are ready to adapt their style in order to survive in the Barclays Premier League.

The young manager and his team have attracted admirers over the past few seasons for their commitment to an entertaining brand of football that ultimately inspired their unexpected promotion.

On Monday Bournemouth travel to Anfield to challenge Liverpool, whose manager Brendan Rodgers shares a similar reputation for encouraging attacking football and whom Howe has already described as a "role model".

The 37-year-old Howe has also said that Monday's game will not necessarily be about the team who is better in possession, however. Despite the fact that he has observed Rodgers' methods and the managers' images of being football purists, Howe insists that out-passing a team is not the only way to win a game.

"Our aim is not to outplay Liverpool, or outpass Liverpool, or any nonsense like that," Howe said. "Our aim is to try and win the game.

"Then how we do that, and how you go about best doing that, that is down to how you see the game, so it's not a competition on passes, it's a competition on winning the game.

"The football really is irrelevant, it's about finding a way to be competitive.

"We certainly don't follow anybody, we try and take our own lead."

Howe remains without Shaun MacDonald, Harry Arter and Christian Atsu, who respectively have toe, groin and back injuries, as he bids to inspire Bournemouth to recover from last Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa.

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