Written by Adam McGroarty (@AdamMcGroarty1)
Cherries travel to St. James’ Park this weekend to face a Newcastle side that are flirting with the relegation zone.
AFC Bournemouth, on the other hand, are flying high this season in sixth place, currently occupying a spot in the UEFA Europa League.
In fact, after 11 games at this stage last season it was AFC Bournemouth who were placed 17th, just one point off the relegation zone. This week’s opponents Newcastle were six places ahead in 11th place.
However, manager Eddie Howe refused to accept any different approach this time round heading into the Newcastle match.
He said: “The mentality going to Newcastle this year has to be the same as last. The circumstances of the game are different, but the mentality has to be the same.”
The manager added that the two games against Newcastle last season helped the team to prepare for the upcoming fixture, but acknowledged that no Premier League game is easy: “I think both results against Newcastle last year, in different ways, helped us and we learned a lot from them.
“It’s difficult to win in the Premier League. Every game is so different, Newcastle will be on a high going into this one, so it’ll be tough.”
The international break will take place following the weekend of Premier League features, and most notably Callum Wilson has been called up to the England squad to face USA and Croatia.
Howe spoke of his pride for Wilson, describing the tough battle he has had on the side-lines along the way.
He said: “I’m delighted for Callum and his family. It’s fully deserved in my opinion and I’m delighted he’s been paid back for the mental strength he’s shown.
“He faced those moments on the side-lines with courage. Never a day did I see him down, which is sometimes very difficult. I think Callum is a very positive and a very driven person. He’s really well liked by his teammates, so I’m sure they’re delighted for him.”
Cherries kick-off tomorrow afternoon away at Newcastle at 3pm.