We have to attack the game and make it about us
Bournemouth are here tomorrow and that brings Eddie Howe back to Turf Moor for the fifth time since he returned to manage Bournemouth in October 2012.
He’s since his side pull out of a recent slump and they’ve won twice in their last three games against Brighton and Aston Villa and Howe has been pleased with the progress his team have made and wants to see a continuation of better away form that saw them win that recent game at Brighton.
“Over the next few games we’re going to need a better away record,” he said. “I look back at games and there are certain games where we should have got more points.
“That’s where we’ll need to be for the match at Burnley,” he added. “You know when you go to Turf Moor you’ve got to be prepared physically and mentally for a tough game. Hopefully our quality will show on the day.”
Sean Dyche’s suit, has we have been told, dried out from last Saturday but is now getting ready for another wet afternoon back at the Turf tomorrow and he’s been speaking about the turnaround in results over recent weeks.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game, Dyche said: “I try to speak honestly and the facts are, when things weren’t going so well, I said we weren’t a million miles away. People can question that because they can get blinded by results, we all do that at times, but I didn’t think we were a million miles away from delivering the details that you need.
“That’s all that was missing in those four games, and it’s not easy to get everything right in a game. More often than not we’ve been making good, rather than bad, decisions and certainly we’ve done that over the last four games. Now we have to keep the focus in both boxes, because that’s where games are won and lost, but more generally in our performance. If we do that, we’ll enhance our chances and I’ve drummed that into the players.”
He continued: “The players have had to work hard for what we’ve got because nobody owes you anything. We’ve had a tough run, followed by a good run, and now it’s up to us to carry on that challenge back at Turf Moor with the fans right behind us.
“There are no gimmes though. Bournemouth are a decent side who have had an up and down time recently. They have a good manager, who I like and respect, but all that goes out of the window when the whistle blows. We have to attack the game and make it about us. That’s certainly the message from me.”
The game could see Matěj Vydra start should Chris Wood not have recovered and Dyche said of the striker who came on last week to score the winner: “Strikers thrive on their goals. They buzz off scoring and when it’s been in you since you were a tot and you score goals like Matěj has, all through his life, that’s the drug you are looking for.
“He scored a goal worthy of winning any game and got a brilliant reception from the fans and the players. You could see all the players fly after him and enjoy the moment with him and that’s part of the glue that holds us together.
“The bond in the group is strong and they have empathy for those who are not playing. It’s definitely not sympathy, because it’s a cut throat business and you have to earn the right to keep the shirt. If he gets his chance again this weekend, we want him to go out there and enjoy it and perform, and he has a chance, that’s for sure.”Share this page :