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Eddie Howe - We’ve made real positive steps in the last three games and the win against Swansea is a big one

Posted: Sat 18 Mar 2017
Author: afcb.co.uk

The Cherries boss spoke about moving further away from the bottom three and Benik Afobe's performance

AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is delighted with the positive steps the squad have taken towards Premier League safety following the win over Swansea City.

Howe’s men have now put together a three-match unbeaten run, starting at Manchester United and wins against West Ham United and tonight’s win against the Swans.

He said: "I think the Manchester United game was a real turning point and we knew how big the two home games against West Ham and Swansea were.

"The players knew the importance of tonight’s game and knowing how important it was they delivered a very good performance. 

"I’m very pleased with the team, the way they conducted themselves despite the negative run shows what real character they have.

"Now, we’ve made real positive steps in the last three games and the win against Swansea is a big one for us."

Benik Afobe was hugely influential in the opening goal of the game, before he finished expertly in the second half to hand the Cherries the points.

Howe said of his striker’s performance: "I’m delighted for Benik as I was with Joshua last week.

"Strikers putting the ball in the back of the net is massive for any team – the ability to open up a defence at any moment is key.

"Benik’s goal was a really good finish at a big moment so we’re pleased with him and he has built on some good performances with a goal today."