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Eddie Howe - We have two games to try and improve on last season

Posted: Fri 12 May 2017

AFC Bournemouth boss intent on ending the campaign on a high with two games to go

The Cherries finish their home program against Burnley at Vitality Stadium tomorrow, and manager Eddie Howe wants the season to finish with a flourish.

The squad secured their Premier League safety last Saturday and levelled their 42-point total from their debut top-flight season.

Howe spoke about his desire to continually evolve the team and the members of it as the club aim for a top-half finish.

"We try and improve every year," Howe explained. "That's our way of working; trying to develop players and the club as much as we can.

"The objective this year was the same, to improve on the 42 points we got last season and we have two more games to try and do that this season."

Saturday's opponents from Lancashire have all but secured their Premier League place for 2017/18 after a point against West Brom last weekend, and Howe says he's been impressed by Sean Dyche's side.

"They've been very good," he said. "They've improved on the strong Championship side they had from last season, which is not easy to do. 

"They have the die-hard spirit that we've seen and we found that out in the away game this season and it will be tough test for us again on Saturday.

"When you've been promoted and then relegated and you have to set about doing the task you've already achieved, that's really impressive, getting the players ready and motivated to do it all over again.

"They got back up and they have been able to show their abilities this season as we have seen, you have to be very impressed by that."

The weekend's match sees the only two teams that Howe has managed come head to head and the Cherries boss said he's been pleased to see the progress that's been made at Turf Moor throughout the campaign.

"I enjoyed my time there and I have a lot of time for Burnley," he said. "My wish at the start of the season was for both teams to improve, I wish everyone well there."