Belfast Telegraph

Eddie Howe: Bournemouth have taken confidence from Chelsea win

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his team have grown in strength and belief since they beat Chelsea.

The Cherries are unbeaten in five Barclays Premier League outings after their famous win at Stamford Bridge came on the back of draws against Swansea and Everton.

Howe's men then followed up their Chelsea success with victories over Manchester United and West Brom to move four points clear of the relegation zone.

Despite the run of impressive results, Howe is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as they get ready to face Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League on Boxing Day.

"I don't think anything has changed really," the Cherries boss said.

"We have maybe had a slightly more positive outlook due to the fact we picked up a couple of key results against Swansea and Everton.

"They were just the first signs of the belief growing and when you get results against sides likes Chelsea and Manchester United it only reaffirms the belief that you can win anywhere in this league.

"But as much as we are enjoying the run, we have got to make sure that we do find that consistency because we know that very quickly in this league it can turn difficult again.

"We are keeping a level head, we are keeping very stable and trying to concentrate very much on the next training session."

Crystal Palace travel to the south coast in good form themselves, finding them outside the Champions League places on goal difference alone.

Palace strike force Yohan Cabaye and Yannick Bolasie have scored nine goals between them this season and Howe is well aware of the threat they pose for his side.

"They come here in really good form, as do we, so it should be a good battle," he added.

"They do have potential match-winners in their side but if we can get our game right we can cause them problems.

"They do have pace out wide and they have added some creativity in the middle of the pitch."

Bournemouth have struggled with injuries this season having 11 players out at one time midway through November and the manager knows they need to strengthen the squad when the January transfer window opens.

"We have said we will look and try and make the right decisions for this football club," Howe said.

"I think everybody knows our resources have been stretched so we are in the market for players but it is very difficult to get the ones that will add something to the group and we will try and make the right decisions.

"We really won't know what type of window it will be until it is shut."

Striker Josh King and midfielder Junior Stanislas will be unavailable on Saturday after sustaining hamstring injuries last weekend but Lee Tomlin could make a return from his groin/pelvis injury.


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