Howe calls for unity

Eddie Howe says his Bournemouth players must stick together following their recent slide down the table.

The Cherries looked safe at Christmas but Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at West Brom was their fourth in a row and they are still to win in the Premier League in 2017.

Although they are still five points clear of the bottom three in 14th, their poor run has led to suggestions that they could well find themselves battling relegation, especially having lost striker Callum Wilson for the season due to injury.

Bournemouth’s rise from the fourth tier has been one of the feel-good stories of recent football history.

With many of the same players still at the club, Howe has called for them to reproduce the spirit they have showed during their rise through the ranks as they battle for their Premier League lives.

“Anytime is a bad time [to have a downward spiral in form]. The key thing is to come out of it as quickly as you can and we’re struggling to do that at the moment,” he is quoted as saying by Talksport.

“This is where we have to lean on each other and the fans were superb to us after the game and it’s a big thing for us that we’re united and keep fighting.

“We appreciate all the support we have. We’ve been very united as a club for a number of years. We’ve had incredible success [together] that can’t be forgotten.”

Next up for the Cherries is a tricky trip north to face Manchester United on Saturday but at a big price, punters may use their free bet to back them to cause a shock at Old Trafford.

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