Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe conceded Cherries were in a “difficult position” in fighting for Premier League survival but added: “One result changes everything.” A 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace followed by a 1-0 loss to Wolves proved a tough pill to swallow for Howe’s troops, as they missed the chance to leap out of the drop zone with seven games remaining. But the Cherries boss called for his side to be “strong” in the midst of their relegation scrap.
Eddie Howe said “We are in a very difficult position, we’re fighting to try to stay in the league. But one win, one result changes everything. It changes perceptions, changes our position, changes the whole outlook from everybody connected with this football club. We have to be very strong, very resolute and rise to the challenge that is in front of us. We are still in a relegation battle – nothing’s changed, nothing’s been decided and things are still so, so tight. Work-rate’s an easy thing to label at players on the back of a defeat, If I look at us historically through the season, we have been one of the hardest-working teams. Our fitness stats are up there again in the top three teams of the division in most markers. I don’t think that is an issue. I think pressure, possibly, can have a detrimental effect to performance. I would put it more along those lines – not dealing with the first goal and dealing with the setback of that with a lot of hype, expectation and feeling that this game was so important to us. I just think at that moment we didn’t respond very well. Sometimes it can look like something that it’s not. My players knew the importance of the game. They are very good professionals. They wanted to win – it just didn’t quite show in the way that it needed to.”
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