Howe previews “massive game” against Watford

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe will be looking for a change in form as his side welcome Watford to the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.

Eddie Howe said: “It’s a massive game for us, everyone knows that we need to win and we have a key run against the teams around us, we need points and quickly.”

AFC Bournemouth currently sit 18th in the league with their opponents one place behind them in 19th.

However, the team’s form is completely different with Bournemouth having not won in four league games, in contrast Watford find themselves unbeaten in four.

Howe said: “We need the crowd to lift the players during the game but it’s down to our players to perform and show fight.

“Teams used to fear coming here, a couple of wins are not enough, we need that feeling back and come out with a good mentality and show much its means.”

If they want to leave I don’t want them around

With the transfer window currently open, Howe also addressed any speculation on players leaving the club.

“No bids have been made for any of our players. To achieve our objective every player has to believe and if they want to leave I don’t want them around.

“I can’t control transfers so I don’t waste my time, I focus on the players I have and getting the best out of them.”

On a positive note, Dominic Solanke and Callum Wilson both scored in the FA Cup match against Luton. That was Solanke’s first goal for Bournemouth and Wilson’s first goal in 15 games for the club.

Howe explained: “We are due a bit of luck. We had a bit against Luton with their missed penalty, with Wilson and Solanke scoring maybe that’s our chance to push on.”

In terms of injuries Howe hinted that a few players were back in training, although when pushed he refused to give any names saying that it will be a ‘last minute call’.

Eddie Howe also praised the effect that Nigel Pearson has had on this Watford side who looked dead and buried when he took over.

Watford have picked up seven points from their last three games and will provide a real test for the Cherries this weekend.

AFC Bournemouth vs Watford is at 2pm on Sunday live on Sky Sports.