The Cherries had a relatively good festive period, avoiding defeat in their last three matches. Eddie Howe watched his side fight back from behind twice vs Brighton last time and what he saw made him very happy. The Cherries left The Amex with a 2-2 draw leaving them with a 5 point haul from three matches.
Bournemouth are still too close to the relegation zone for comfort, and Howe knows that lots of work lies ahead. After an FA Cup tie with Wigan Bournemouth face a trio of tricky fixtures. They host Arsenal before heading to London to face West Ham and Chelsea. Anything they can get from those matches will be a big bonus.
Howe Happy With Brighton Fightback
Although the concession of two goals at The Amex disappointed Howe, he was thrilled with the fightback. It was definitely a point earned rather than two points dropped and he spoke to the media post match. He said:
“I was happy with how we fought back. I was disappointed with the goals we conceded, not just the timing of them but the manner of them. We really did shoot ourselves in the foot. When you come away from home and concede so early in both halves, it makes it difficult.”
“I was very pleased with the response because it is not easy to chase the game the way we did, with the quality we had. That was the impressive thing. Our second goal wasn’t one for the purists but we’ll take that. All great strikers are in the right place at the right time and Callum was.”
The Cherries are currently 15th in the Premier League on 21 points, just a point above the drop zone. 40 points is usually the total points required to guarantee safety, so Bournemouth still have lots of work to do.
After the three tough matches outlined above they face Stoke, Huddersfield and Newcastle. How they fare in those matches will determine how their season will unfold. If they can take 7 points from three potential relegation rivals they should have no problem staying up.