Written by Joe Willis (@joewillis_12) from Vitality Stadium
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe urges his team to “show how good they can be” and “bring their A-game” in Saturdays home fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Following the international break, The Cherries will aim to leap ahead of Sheffield United and into 5th place being just one point behind them. After their poor result against Newcastle last time out, Howe is searching for that consistency to maintain their good run of form at home.
Speaking to the media, he said: “the most consistent teams will be the teams that end up filling those top positions and that was probably the frustration for us after Newcastle, because we saw that as a missed opportunity. We played well in the game but we didn’t get over the line and win the match that we should’ve done.
He added: “for us this is an important game, our last home game was a great experience against Manchester United where the supporters were immense for us and the players produced a great performance so we’ll be looking to try and re-create that again”.
Key players will be missing through injury, with Josh King picking up a minor hamstring strain on international duty away with Norway, adding to their worries in front of goal having only scored two goals in their last five fixtures.
David Brooks, Charlie Daniels and Andrew Surman are still not ready to play and Ryan Fraser will have a late fitness test, but fans will be happy to see the return of midfielder Jefferson Lerma in the starting line-up following his one-game suspension.
“He’s [Lerma] been really important, how you see him play on the pitch is how he is day to day. He’s fully committed and very consistent. I’ve got a lot of time for Jefferson, because of his mentality and the way he conducts himself”.
Following the recent sacking of Mauricio Pochettino as manager at Tottenham Hotspur in the week, Eddie was linked heavily as a likely contender to replace him at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – before ex-Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was ultimately brought back into the premier league by the London club.
In reference to these rumours, Howe suggested added: “it’s just noise around the job that isn’t important and what is important is what you’re doing day to day to get your next result. I love the job that I do here, I love the players that represent the club and my job is to get the best out of them”.
AFC Bournemouth will play Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 23rd November at the Vitality Stadium, kicking-off at 3pm.