Cook plays down crisis talk

12 February 2017 10:50:51 EST

Bournemouth defender Steve Cook says there is no crisis at the club as they prepare to take on Manchester City.

The teams meet on the south coast on Monday night with the Cherries suffering a dip in form and the relegation zone getting a little closer.

We are not a million miles off where we want to be.

Steve Cook

Howe's team have yet to win this year and are now just six points clear of third bottom Hull with the chance to widen that gap when City visit.

The Cherries have also been hit by injuries in recent weeks with Adam Federici and Callum Wilson both ruled out for the rest of the season.

Their last win in the Premier League was on Boxing Day while the last victory on home turf was back in mid-December.

So Howe has tried to change a few things including having the squad watch some of the British Army going through their paces.

Cook said: "We have done a few bits over the last month to bring everyone back together and stay positive."

Eddie Howe has been given a vote of confidence this week but Cook says the squad are remaining positive that a change in fortunes is just around the corner.

"Every team has a bad spell and the fans and people from the outside will express their opinion but we are still confident," he added.

"We are not a million miles off where we want to be.

"It can be worrying times if you don't come through but we are confident we will. We are looking forward to showing everyone we have got that resolve and can stay clear of the relegation battle.

"We have to prove we have big characters and a bunch of good, honest lads. Hopefully everyone will see how strongly we feel about representing the club.”

The Cherries are 7/1 to win on Moday night, Pep Guardiola's team are 2/5 for the three points to move back into the top four whilst the draw is 17/4.

Bournemouth are 40/1 to win the game 2-0.

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