Howe refuses talk of survival despite poignant victory

Eddie Howe

Written by Adam McGroarty (@AdamMcGroarty1) from the Vitality Stadium

Eddie Howe claimed his side’s victory over fellow Premier League strugglers, Aston Villa, felt like “a big moment” in their season.

Philip Billing and Nathan Ake found the back of the net for the Cherries before Villa’s debutant, Samatta, gave the visitors a glimmer of hope with a consolation in the closing stages.

Speaking to the media after the game, Howe said: “It was hugely important we got over the line today.

“When we show the work-rate, passion and belief, we are a different team. For me, that has been missing, but we showed it today.”

When questioned the battle facing the Cherries in their quest to maintain Premier League status, Howe insisted his men have to find the level of passion they found in this fixture. He said: “You see how much the players care, we know we have the ability. We just need to [always] hit those levels.”

The supporters backed the players today

Howe also praised the fans for their vocal support for the team throughout the game. He said: “I want the supporters to come and enjoy watching the players play.

“The supporters backed the players today. The players feel that and hopefully they can return the feeling to the fans.”

AFC Bournemouth’s next fixture sees them travel to Sheffield to face Chris Wilder’s in-form side on Sunday February 9. Although the three points will give the Cherries confidence, Howe was definitive when refusing any suggestion of survival. He said: “We’ve got points to prove. Nothing is decided today.”