AFC Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe says their game against Burton tomorrow will be “tough” and they will need to start the game well if they want to get the result they are looking for.
Bournemouth have had a positive start to the season, claiming 10 points in their first 6 games and currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League.
The Cherries beat Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s Stadium for the first time in the club’s history and will want to continue their run of form in their cup game tomorrow.
Howe told Buzz: “This game is difficult for us and if our mindset’s wrong in any way, it will be even more difficult, so we have to make sure we’re there in the present and ready to give our best effort.”
Bournemouth received a further boost last week with the return of Lewis Cook, who featured in the game against the Saints and Howe confirmed that Simon Francis and Lloyd Kelly are progressing well following their recent comebacks from injuries.
Disappointing Cup Form
Bournemouth have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Chelsea for the previous two seasons in a row and were knocked out by Brighton in the third round of the FA Cup last season so will be looking to bounce back this year.
Eddie How commented saying: “”football’s such a difficult sport to read sometimes, why you win, why you lose, but I can assure you we’ve given everything, even in the FA Cup where results haven’t been very good.
“We’ve given everything to those games and for whatever reason we haven’t quite performed so we want to do well in the cups this year and that’s been our intention every year.”
The new Dark Horse?
Last Season, Burton Albion surprised all with their Carabao cup run, going on a 5-game win streak, before crashing out to Manchester City in the semi-final.
When asked if he Burton’s competition showed complacency when facing them, Howe said: “They’re very difficult games whenever you go away from home in this competition.
“Wherever you go, it is very tough, and I think that would be a reflection of that really.
“Burton did brilliantly last year to get the run that they did so they deserved a lot of credit for that”
Bournemouth will look to replicate Burtons cup form from last season and pose themselves as a threat in this years competition.
Burton Albion v AFC Bournemouth will take place on Wednesday 25th September at 7.45pm at the Pirelli Stadium.