Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has issued a stark warning to his players that they will be coming up against a “dangerous” Newcastle United side this weekend.
Both the Magpies and the Cherries have had two weeks off between fixtures as a result of their absence from the FA Cup fifth round, with both sides having suffered drastically differing fortunes prior to their fortnight off.
Newcastle kicked off their last game, against Manchester United, sitting in the relegation zone after other results went against them, but managed to pull off a shock victory over the Red Devils at St James’ Park, Matt Ritchie’s first goal of the season securing three points which launched them up into 13th place.
Bournemouth meanwhile suffered a bitterly disappointing away defeat at the hands of Huddersfield, which ended a seven game unbeaten run which included victories over Everton, Arsenal and Chelsea.
With his side sitting 10th in the table, three points and three places ahead of the Magpies, Howe has stated that his side will be facing a Newcastle team full of confidence, and hopes his side can turn the negative emotions from the Huddersfield defeat into a positive performance.
He was quoted by the Chronicle as saying: “Newcastle will have a big lift from their last performance against Manchester United.
“Those results really can inspire you, so they’re a dangerous side.
“We’ve talked about the Huddersfield result and we’re very aware of how we felt afterwards. I want them to use that as a positive emotion that it was a blip.”
Newcastle lost to Bournemouth in the reverse fixture at St James’ Park, with Steve Cook netting an injury time winner in the Cherries’ 1-0 victory, but know that exacting revenge would see them leapfrog Howe and his men.
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