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Howe looks ahead to Spurs test at Wembley

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Eddie Howe talks improved performances, stopping Harry Kane and Saturday's match at Wembley in his pre-match press conference.

 

On improving the Cherries' results...

We're almost there, in terms of getting consistent results. The problem at the start was that the performance weren't there, we have improved now and that gives us confidence.

Goalscoring has been a problem for us this season, which isn't like us, but hopefully we can turn that round from now on.

When you look at Jermain Defoe he's had big chances in all the games and when you look at his career if he gets those chances he will score. It's a team problem and I back Jermain to score a lot of goals for us in the future.

On trying to stop Spurs marksmen Harry Kane...

Harry's an outstanding player. I've obviously watched him closely in the last few weeks and his performances have been outstanding. We kept Jamie Vardy quiet who's another good striker in our last game and if we can do that again we'll be happy.

Someone who does as well as Harry does consistently, when his desire doesn't change from game to game, has earned the right to be compared to the top players in the world.

On Spurs' Wembley form...

Tottenham will be fine there, it's about acclimatising. They're still a very capable and talented team as you saw in the game against Borussia Dortmund recently.

We have to treat it as we're playing Tottenham, not the new stadium, it's about how we approach the performance. The bigger the crowd we hope the bigger performance.

On training during the international break...

The players that have remained have been excellent and trained really well, and I'm hopeful that we can pick off from this point.

Leicester was a really good performance and if we'd won two or three nil no one would have complained and we felt we are building some momentum. 

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