Written by Sam Greasley-Machin from the Vitality stadium (@Greasley_Machin)
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has said he has seen “an up-turn in performances” in recent games as he spoke to the media ahead of his side’s clash with Burnley on Saturday.
The Bournemouth manager was however keen to reiterate the challenge that lies ahead in Lancashire with the Clarets currently eleventh in the table and unbeaten in four league games.
Howe said: “It’s very tough whenever you go to Turf Moor. It’s a difficult match, they’ve done very well in recent games and being unbeaten in four has transformed their season. They’ve been tough games as well.”
But Eddie Howe remains hopeful, providing Bournemouth can play to their best, he added: “Burnley is a tough, tough fixture away from home as we’ve found historically.
“But it’s a game we can win if we play to our best level. This season we have risen to the challenge of tougher games.”
The Cherries away form, however, isn’t great having picked up only one victory on the road in their last ten – a 1-0 win against Chelsea back in early December.
The Bournemouth boss said: “It’s not a great record. We certainly hope to do better than that over ten games. Certainly over the next few games we need to do better than that.
“I think we should have had more points, I look back at the games that we haven’t had wins in and there are several that spring to mind that I’m frustrated we didn’t do better in.”
That said, Howe remained positive about the upcoming fixtures because of a change in recent performances.
“The last three games there has been a momentum shift to the level we’ve played at. For the first 60 minutes at Brighton we were the better side, the whole match against Aston Villa and the first half against Sheffield United, if we hit those markers we can win any game.”
In terms of injury news, Howe confirmed that long term absentees David Brooks, Chris Mepham, Arnaut Danjuma and Charlie Daniels will not feature.
However, he said: “They are making good progress. I hope to have them for some stage this season.”
One player that could see a return to the starting lineup is Joshua King following a 20-minute cameo against Sheffield United after his injury, although Howe said “we’ll have to wait and see, it’s a difficult selection to make this week.”
Bournemouth will kick-off away at Turf Moor on Saturday at 3pm and return to the Vitality next Saturday with a clash against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. Live updates will be available from @Nerve_Sport on Twitter.