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Howe: We have to do the basics right

Posted: Sat 02 Mar 2013
Author: Mick Cunningham

Eddie Howe applauds the Cherries faithful

Image by: Mick Cunningham

Cherries manager Eddie Howe has urged his players to cut out the mistakes after defeat at Leyton Orient.

The Cherries conceded avoidable goals in the game, and the manager knows that at any level, that simply can’t happen.

“We can’t afford to concede the goals like we did,” Howe told after the game. “They were poor and you can’t give teams goals that they don’t have to work for.

“It is something that we have to eradicate from our game immediately.”

It has been a frustrating period of late and the gaffer knows it will now take hard work during the next week as the side look to get back to winning ways against league leaders Doncaster.

“We can only work harder, try and be smarter, try and do things that will benefit the players. There is no magic formula in this game. We have to do the basics right because we have to earn the right to win games.

“We were doing that in the unbeaten run and we need to keep our belief. We have to have the confidence to go out on the pitch and be better than our opponents. We will be working hard with the players in that respect."

Momentum was gained during the fabulous unbeaten run, where success became almost a habit. Getting out of a losing run is the most difficult thing and the manager knows the side must work hard to get back on track, which he is confident the players will do.

“They say that winning can become a habit yes and we don’t want losing to be a habit now. I don’t see there being too much of an issue at the moment with the run we are on, but we know it must end. We need to perform better than we have been and I’m confident that we will.

“What will help us is the support we have been getting. They have been excellent and they stayed at the end of the Orient game and applauded the players, which was much appreciated. We are all just disappointed that we didn’t give them any points to go home with.”