Howe keen to rebuild Bournemouth confidence

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is anxious for his players to avoid a crisis of confidence as they attempt to rectify a prolonged Premier League slump. Howe’s Cherries have lost eight of their last 11 top-flight games and travel to Everton searching for just a third win since October. The south-coast club, who were knocked out of the FA Cup at home to Brighton last weekend, have shipped 15 goals in their previous four matches in all competitions. They have also lost captain Simon Francis, full-back Adam Smith and midfielder Lewis Cook to long-term knee injuries during the past two months. “It’s another massive game for us,” said Howe at his pre-match press conference. “We’re very keen to show a response to the recent run that we’ve been on. “The fixture list we had was incredibly tough, the in...

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