Eddie Howe wary of Norwich City’s prolific Pukki

Eddie Howe

Written by Adam McGroarty (@AdamMcGroarty1) from Vitality Stadium

AFC Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, faced the media before his side go up against Daniel Farke’s Norwich City at the Vitality Stadium.

The Canaries currently sit in the relegation zone of the Premier League table, suffering a 5-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa before the international break.

Howe drew similarities between Norwich City’s resilience to stick to their tactics in the top flight and the strong mentality when the Cherries were promoted in 2015. He said: “I admire any team that has a philosophy and then chooses to stick with it.

“They are a very brave, attacking and technical team. We know we are going to have to be at our best to beat them.”

The AFC Bournemouth boss also showed his admiration for the way Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki has adapted his game to be a threat in the Premier League. He said: “He is a very good player. He scored two good goals on international duty this week.

“Any team that has a goalscorer like that in their ranks is always going to be a threat.”

Team News

As for team news, there were no fresh injuries inflicted over the international break, a period which can be unpredictable for the AFC Bournemouth manager. He said: “When you lose your players for that period of time and they have games ahead, you’re always slightly fearful of how they will come back.

“We can be relatively pleased with the fitness the players have returned with.”

The Cherries still remain without Adam Smith, David Brooks and Dan Gosling, but the sidelined trio are gradually edging closer to a return to action.

They all acted with real class

Howe offered his thoughts on the horrific racist abuse the England players endured during their Euro 2020 qualifying match in Bulgaria on Monday.

The Cherries’ boss insisted Gareth Southgate’s players were right to play on. He said: “I thought they all acted with real class. I watched it live, it was a tough watch.

“Playing the game, winning, and showing your best abilities is the right way to answer back.”

Howe was also asked to give disclosure on how Callum Wilson has reacted to the situation. He said: “Callum’s fine. He is a very strong character and unfortunately it’s nothing new for him to have to deal with.”

AFC Bournemouth face Norwich City at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday October 19, 3pm.