Howe happy with Cherries reaction

19 March 2017 08:23:49 EST

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes his side have taken several important steps towards Premier League survival in their last three games.

A spirited goalless draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford has been followed by back-to-back home wins over West Ham and Swansea City, with the Cherries moving well clear of the relegation places as a result.

Manchester United was a real turning point for us.

Eddie Howe

And Howe is delighted with the way his squad have reacted to their previous problems, while being well aware that there are still some tough fixtures to come.

With Southampton, Liverpool Chelsea and Tottenham the opponents in their next four games, Howe said after the 2-0 win over the Swans: "There have been really positive steps for us in the last three games.

"Manchester United was a real turning point for us and then we have backed it up with the two home games that we knew were so important, especially with the fixtures we have to come.

"Full credit to the players, because it is one thing knowing the importance of the games, but actually going out and delivering a very good performance again - our players were very impressive.

"I'm very pleased with the team, the way they conducted themselves despite the negative run shows what real character they have."

Next on the agenda for the Cherries, following the international break, is a south coast derby against Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday 1st April.

Bournemouth are 4/1 to claim an away win against the Saints, with both teams to score priced at 3/4 and a Cherries win by a one-goal margin 6/1.

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