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​Bournemouth boss Howe: History gives us confidence

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is still hopeful about his team avoiding the drop.

The Cherries know they must get wins as they are four points away from safety.

They have five games remaining, including matches against Tottenham, Leicester City and Manchester City.

Howe was asked about the task facing his team.

"It probably is and it probably does [whether its a key moment in the club's future]," he told Sky Sports.

"But you look back through previous seasons where we've just kept our heads above the line in the Premier League and it's always been quite tight, and they've been pivotal moments.

"Now this is a pivotal moment - and I'm sure in seasons beyond there'll be pivotal moments in there as well. We just have to stay very present in our next day's training, in our next game, don't look too far ahead and try to enjoy and embrace the challenge."

"There was a really stern focus on what we needed to do," Howe went on to say.

"When I look back to the League Two days, we were all absolutely focused on the team.

"There were no individual agendas, no thoughts of, 'what happens if the worst happens, what's my own situation going to look like?' It wasn't even contemplated.

"It was all on: 'we will do this, we have to do this' - and then, 'how can I help the team achieve it?'. We're going to need all of those qualities in the next couple of weeks.

"It's a different group, it's a different era, it's a different league, there are so many differences I think it's a very tough one to compare. But I still think we have very, very good professionals, I think we have a group that care deeply about the team and the club.

"We don't have anyone, that I see and that I hear, that's not focused on helping the team achieve their objectives. Although it's a different group and different individuals involved I still feel the collective is there."

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