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Bournemouth manager Howe defends 'loyal' stance

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has defended his right to field his longest serving players.

Howe was criticised on the weekend for fielding five players who were with the Cherries in League One against West Ham United.

"I think it's unfair on both," said Howe after the 1-1 draw.

"I think it's unfair on me to be accused of being too loyal and it's definitely unfair on the players because they have been absolutely outstanding.

"There will come a time for everybody where your time is up and that includes me at this football club.

"But I think as long as you see people giving their all every day and you think they have a benefit to the team and the squad, then why not show loyalty?

"It's in very short supply in the Premier League and in football these days. I've got no problem saying I'm loyal.

"Of course there comes a time where you have to be ruthless with decision-making but I think I've shown in the past that I'm not frightened to do that as well."

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