Bournemouth are capable of beating any side in the Premier League on their day, according to boss Eddie Howe.
The Cherries moved up to fifth in the standings following their 4-0 win over Watford on Saturday, their third triumph in the last four matches.
The south coast side were helped against the Hornets by the first-half sending-off of Christian Kabasele and Howe admits his team were not at their best over the course of the 90 minutes at Vicarage Road.
The Premier League's longest-serving manager says he would back his team against anyone on their day though, believing they have shown this season that they are capable of mixing it with the best in the division.
"I think we're capable of beating anybody when we're on the top of our game," Howe said. "I don't think we were on top of our game today, so that's good because there's room to grow and improve.
"But the results show we are in a really good place at the moment, a great position in the league, and we need to keep our feet firmly on the floor and keep pushing.
"Hopefully they won't [start talking about us]. We like to stay very much in the background and as underdogs. We'll just go about our work in a very controlled way and not get ahead of ourselves."
Following their good start to the season, Bournemouth are 250/1 to record a top-six finish, while they are 4/5 just to end up in the top half.
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