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Howe hopes to embrace latest challenge six years on from the Great Escape

Posted: Sat 25 Apr 2015

Eddie Howe wants to embrace the challenge at the top of the Football League six years to the day AFC Bournemouth almost went out of it.

This weekend marks the sixth anniversary of Steve Fletcher’s crucial goal against Grimsby Town, which completed a Great Escape against all the odds.

On Monday, Howe’s side face Bolton Wanderers hoping for a win to keep them in the Sky Bet Championship’s top two heading into the final day of the season.

“It’s a totally different scenario and set of emotions,” he told the media.

“When I think back to the Grimsby and Chester games, it wasn’t enjoyable and I didn’t relish those moments.

“It was a case of just trying to get the job done and looking to the future.

“I thought about the dire consequences and I didn’t want to be the guy who took the club into oblivion.

“Thankfully I had some amazing players who concentrated on the football and we are very grateful to them for the position we are in now.

“The core elements of how we are feeling now and then are the same, but we should embrace this challenge in a positive way.

“There are no real dire consequences at the end of it, even if we fail in our mission.

“We are all desperate to achieve success and that pressure is felt more than anything we could feel externally.”
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