Written by Frankie Rudland (@rudlandfrankie)
Eddie Howe wants his players to maintain their recent ‘steeliness’ as The Cherries go in search of a second win on the bounce at Newcastle.
Bournemouth will also be chasing a 4th consecutive Premier League clean sheet, a feat that they haven’t achieved since being promoted from the Championship in 2015. Despite being on the verge of such an achievement, Howe remains keen not to get bogged down with records: “It would be really good (to get the 4th), but the less I talk about that the better.
“With these statistics, the more you make of it sometimes it has a way of working against you. I’ll just be telling the team to continue their good work out of possession and to have the same mentality that we have shown in recent weeks.
“I’ve been really pleased with that side of our game, I think we’ve had a steeliness that has made a big difference, and we want that to become part of our DNA.”
Manchester United were the most recent side that failed to breach The Cherries rigid back line, meaning Josh King’s acrobatic effort was enough to claim all three points against the troubled Mancunians, much to the delight of the Bournemouth faithful and Howe alike. “Last week was great, we were really pleased with the performance and a lot of aspects of our play.
“The most important thing for us now is to push on and hit that level, or at least get close to it every week.”
Bournemouth will go into this weekend’s clash undoubtedly buoyed by their recent exploits. However, they face a Newcastle side fresh from an impressive away win against West Ham, and The Cherries boss thinks it will be a good barometer of his sides progress: “In recent games they have lost very narrowly to Chelsea and beat Manchester United.
“They’ve played a lot of the top teams and had some great results this season, beating Spurs as well.
“I think they have that mixture of being tight at the back and very dangerous in the front areas, so they’ll be a good examination of our recent form.”
Dan Gosling could well be in line to feature against his former side after training this week. The combative midfielder has been out since the start of the season with a hip complaint.
Gosling may well replace the suspended Lerma, who is forced to miss the tie after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Manchester United.
David Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Junior Stanislas and Andrew Surman are also unavailable for selection as they continue their respective rehabilitation from injury.
Bournemouth will play Newcastle United on Saturday 9th November at St. James’ Park, 3pm.