Howe vows to reflect on position after “taking responsibility” for Cherries’ plight

Eddie Howe

Written by Toby Foster (@TobyFost) from the Vitality Stadium

Dejected AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe vowed to “reflect on” his position after seeing his side swept away by three-goal Watford.

The Cherries find themselves last-but-one in the Premier League having recently won just four points from a potential 33.

Howe said: “The manager must always take responsibility when things aren’t going well. Instilling confidence in the players is my job.

“You are always looking at whether you are doing good enough – that is something I have to reflect on.”

The Bournemouth boss was keen to avoid heaping blame on goalkeeper Mark Travers, whose blunder in the first-half gifted Watford the opener, merely commenting that “it’s something we have to learn from.”

Howe is facing his biggest crisis at the Cherries since he was appointed for his second stint as manager eight years ago. But despite their worrying slump in form, he believes that a lack of “belief” is the only thing holding back his “really good side”.

He said: “The performance [against Watford] was not what we wanted. We regroup, learn, analyse the game properly and improve. We need to rediscover our belief in the team.

I don’t doubt the players’ quality

“We’ve got good players, and the team we picked was a really good side with the ability to win games. [Momentum] has been damaged by the run of results we’ve had. I don’t doubt the players’ quality.

“I’ve never struggled with my own internal motivations or beliefs.

“Historically we’ve been free-scoring and had goals in us. We’ve had the ability if we concede first to come back and win games. Part of our creativity has been missing. We have to do better in that respect.”