Howe enjoys Cherries position

Head coach Eddie Howe was pleased to see his Bournemouth outfit pass the 40-point mark by claiming a comprehensive 5-0 victory at out-of-form Brighton.

The Cherries had won only one of their previous nine Premier League games, but hit top form at the Amex Stadium as they ran riot against a Seagulls outfit who have now lost four games in a row in all competitions without scoring a goal.

And Howe was delighted with the performance, which banished any lingering fears of being dragged into the relegation battle.

He told reporters: "It has been a difficult run for us recently, so we knew the importance of this game, we were desperate to win.

"It has been a frustrating second half of the season. We started so well that we felt we could really go on and achieve special things and it hasn't really materialised.

"Our squad has been really stretched with injuries, we've missed some key players and that has halted our progress really.

"But we have come through it and got above the 40-point mark and it's a nice place to be, but the longer-term thing is finding consistency."

Next up for Bournemouth is a visit from already relegated Fulham next Saturday, with the meeting of the two sides at Craven Cottage earlier this season having finished 3-0 to the South Coast outfit.

The Cherries are 3/5 to claim all three points again and are 14/1 to secure another 3-0 victory, with Bournemouth now 7/1 to finish in the top half of the Premier League standings.

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Cherries form concerns Howe

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe accepts his side have to perform better, having won just one of their last nine Premier League games.

The Cherries are ten points clear of the relegation places and on course to secure a fifth straight season in the English top-flight, but Howe admits he has been concerned by the level of performance from his team in recent weeks.

He told reporters ahead of a Saturday trip to Brighton: "We have a quality team and I really do believe in the players.

"You go through these phases, but what is important when you do, is that you don’t lose your way of playing and what really defines you and that is what we are desperately searching for.

"We have been here before, we have to dig deep, show character and resilience and we know we will come through this period.

"We have been disappointed with what we have delivered in the last two games. How we played and performance-wise, I think we dipped below the standards we know we are capable of."

The Seagulls are also far from in top form, having lost their last three games in all competitions without scoring a goal and lying just five points clear of the drop zone.

The league meeting of the two sides at Dean Court earlier this season ended in a 2-0 Bournemouth victory, with David Brooks scoring both goals.

A 2-0 home win for Albion on Saturday is priced at 10/1, with the draw available at 12/5 and a 1-1 final scoreline a 11/2 shot.

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Cherries aiming to keep stars

Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn has remained firm in his stance that the Cherries will try and keep hold of all of their star players over the summer.

Striker Callum Wilson continues to be linked with a number of other Premier League clubs, while Scotland winger Ryan Fraser is also a reported target for several top-flight outfits.

However, Mostyn says he and the Bournemouth board will try to fend off such interest and try to persuade the players that there is a bright future ahead on the South Coast.

He told reporters: "At the end of the day, contracts are what they are, people sign long-term contracts and will still leave. But as far as I am concerned, I follow Eddie Howe's mantra – we never talk about transfers.

"Ryan Fraser is a Bournemouth player, Callum Wilson is a Bournemouth player. We just don't want anybody to leave the football club.

"Your prized assets are prized assets for a reason and we want to continue the momentum that we have achieved – four consecutive seasons in the Premier League.

"We are going to start our next season, which will be our fifth year, and we want our very best players to be playing for our club."

Bournemouth are currently ten points above the Premier League drop zone, but are a run of just one win in their last nine games.

Next up is a trip to Brighton on Saturday, with the Cherries 9/4 to win the game and 11/5 to secure a draw, with a 1-1 final scoreline available at 11/2.

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Howe demands Cherries ‘fight’

Eddie Howe insists Bournemouth are 'still fighting' to stay in the Premier League following their 3-1 home loss against Burnley.

Howe has repeatedly stressed that the Cherries are not yet safe from Premier League relegation this season, despite their comfortable cushion over 18th-placed Cardiff City.

He has now warned his players they still have work to do to secure top-flight safety following a poor home performance.

Ashley Barnes sent a header into his own net under pressure from Nathan Ake to give Bournemouth a dream start on four minutes but goals from Chris Wood, Ashley Westwood and a restorative strike from Barnes gave Burnley the points.

"I don't know how many times I've got to say that we're not safe," said Howe.

"I don't consider myself safe and on my holidays – and the players are the same. Until someone says we're mathematically safe, that will be the case.

"You can't take liberties in this game."

The Cherries remain ten points clear of the bottom three despite the defeat, but their manager says this isn't the time to go on an early summer holiday.

"We are still fighting for points. This season is very much alive. We are running out of games now. We need to pick ourselves up," he added.

"We will have to look at everything – go back to basics and try and make things right."

Bournemouth go to Brighton next Saturday and are 21/10 to get the three points that would move them beyond the magical 40-point barrier. Brighton are 13/10 while the draw is 11/5.

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Howe aims to end poor run

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed that defensive duo Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith could miss Saturday's match against Burnley.

Daniels sustained an ankle injury during last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Leicester City while Smith is struggling with a hamstring problem.

Howe said: "Adam Smith is improving. I don't know whether he will be fit enough to return, you have to be very careful with hamstring injuries."

Steve Cook, Simon Francis and Lewis Cook remain sidelined, with Howe adding: "Steve Cook is doing okay. He's still quite a long way from being available for selection but we hope to get him back before the end of the season.

"Lewis Cook and Simon Francis are still positive in their rehab and are making good strides. They have their different targets and we still feel Cookie is slightly ahead of Simon but they have had no setbacks and are doing well."

The Cherries have only won one and drawn two of their last eight games with Howe admitting it has been a disappointing spell.

He said: "It is a disappointing return. Like with any time when you're not quite at your best, I think there are a whole host of different reasons. For us, we're just looking at the next game and looking to get back to the level of performance we know we are capable of."

Bournemouth, who lost 4-0 at Turf Moor in September, are 11/10 to beat Sean Dyche's team on Saturday and 8/1 to win the match from behind.

Howe pleased with progress

Eddie Howe is unsure whether Dan Gosling, Junior Stanislas and Adam Smith will be fit enough to play in Bournemouth's clash against Leicester City on Saturday.

All three players were able to step up their recovery from injury over the international break, when the Cherries squad was in Dubai, but may still be short of full match-fitness.

Gosling and Stanislas have not played since February due to knee and hip injuries respectively, while Smith picked up a thigh problem during the victory at Huddersfield Town earlier this month.

Howe said: "We still have a few injury worries. We have used the two-week break to try and progress players back to fitness.

"Junior Stanislas has trained, Dan Gosling has trained and Adam Smith has trained. We will see whether they are involved but they have definitely improved."

Meanwhile, Steve Cook looks set to be sidelined for several more weeks although he is stepping up his recovery from the groin problem he sustained in early February.

"Steve Cook is slightly further behind," added Howe. "He is waiting for the all-clear from a specialist to start pushing his physical levels again. At the moment, he has not been doing too much."

Bournemouth are currently 12th in the Premier League table and are 15/8 to finish in the top half this season and 17/5 to beat Leicester this weekend.

No rapid return for Cook

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe fears that Steve Cook may not play again until the end of April after the defender picked up an infection from a groin problem.

The 27-year-old has already missed the Cherries' recent games against Wolves, Arsenal and Manchester City and will definitely sit out Saturday's match at rock-bottom Huddersfield Town, which Bournemouth are 27/20 to win.

Howe said of Cook: "He had a long-standing groin problem which we felt was quite minor. He had an injection on that area to try to fix the problem but that injection turned into an infection.

"It's not good news regarding that and he is going to be out for around five or six weeks."

Meanwhile, Howe has indicated that Callum Wilson could return to action on Saturday after being sidelined since mid-January with a knee injury.

The Bournemouth manager added: "Callum has done some light training this week and has been back on the grass for the first time. He has looked pretty good.

"We have to pick and choose the right moment for him to come back. I am going to have to consult with Callum and the physios to see how he feels."

Bournemouth have lost their last nine away matches, conceding 28 goals in the process, but are 13/8 to keep a clean sheet against the Terriers this weekend.

Brooks commits to Cherries

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hopes David Brooks can build on his excellent form this season after the player inked a new long-term contract with the club.

The 21-year-old, who moved to the Cherries from Sheffield United last summer, has proved to be one of the best young players in the Premier League this term and has already scored in 23 top-flight appearances for Howe's side.

Brooks made his comeback from an ankle injury in Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City after spending a month on the sidelines.

He is in the running to be named young player of the year by the Professional Footballers' Association.

Brooks said: "When talks started about a new deal it was something I wanted and it didn't take long to sort out.

"I've loved every minute of my time here so far and I'm really happy to extend my contract."

Meanwhile, Howe said: "David impressed everyone from the minute he stepped through the door, with his mature, creative performances on the pitch backed up by a good attitude and professional lifestyle off it.

"This contract means he can concentrate on developing his game. It's been an excellent start to David's Bournemouth career."

Bournemouth are 5/4 to beat Huddersfield Town in their next match on Saturday and 7/1 to edge to a 1-0 win in West Yorkshire against the rock-bottom Terriers.

Howe voices survival concerns

Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe has warned his side that they are not clear of the relegation battle, despite being nine points clear of the drop zone.

The Cherries have picked up just one point from their last four games and shipped 11 goals in that run, which followed a superb 4-0 home win over Chelsea just over a month ago.

And it is the rate of concession of goals, as well as the results themselves, which has Howe concerned ahead of the visit from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.

He told reporters: "The goals against column is obviously something we're concerned about. We have a problem with our consistency right now.

"We're not safe and things can change very quickly in football. We know the teams above us are still within touching distance, as are the teams below us."

Meanwhile, Howe is set to make late decisions about whether Callum Wilson and David Brooks will feature against the Citizens on Saturday, but has definitely ruled both Dominic Solanke and Junior Stanislas out of the game.

He added: "Callum is getting closer, so we'll make a late call on him. Injury-wise he's fine, it's just building up his fitness.

"He (Brooks) is fit to be involved. The injury itself is fine, so we need to make a call as to whether he can function in the way that he wants to."

Bournemouth can be backed at 13/2 to earn a draw against City, who are 15/2 to win the game by a 2-0 scoreline, meanwhile the Cherries are 200/1 to be relegated come the end of the season.

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Dire away form concerns Howe

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe accepts that his side's recent performances away from home have simply not been good enough.

The Cherries slumped to a 5-1 defeat at Arsenal on Wednesday and have now lost nine away games in the Premier League in a row.

Early goals by Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan put the Gunners in control of the match and, although Lys Mousset pulled a goal back for Howe's team, further goals by Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette completed the rout.

Despite their wretched away form Bournemouth are 12th in the table and nine points away from the relegation zone but Howe accepts there needs to be a big improvement.

He said: "It was a difficult night for us, epitomised by the start of the match and we never really truly recovered.

"I don't think we were good in any aspects of the game – with or without the ball. The mentality wasn't great. It was a disappointing night and one we have to reflect on honestly.

"Has anything got to change? Yes, the results. We've got to perform better, that will certainly change at some point but we've got to make that change ourselves.

"First of all we have a home game but in our next away game we have to give everything to try to get a turn in fortune."

Bournemouth are 12/1 to beat Manchester City on Saturday and 11/8 to finish in the top half of the table this season.