Careers & Club At Stake

Last updated : 31 March 2009 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Eddie Howe minces no words in his view of back-to-back defeats at the hands of Notts County and Bury and the enormity of the task ahead to remain in the Football League.

Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, Howe is quoted as saying: "The big thing to take from the game was that it was purely down to attitude. It was probably similar to Notts County when I thought we were tired, but for the second time since I've been in charge, we didn't play like our lives depended on it. I think you can say that's been a great characteristic about the side. We've fought for every ball and every challenge and played our hearts out. Win, lose or draw, the lads have come off the pitch in every other game and held up their hands and been able to say they gave it their best. But I looked at us at Bury and we looked flat. I didn't feel the tempo was high enough. There wasn't much tempo to the game anyway and the Bury manager said something similar to me after the game. You could say the same about them because they are going for promotion and in a similar boat. But one crucial mistake cost us and we lost. Our careers are at stake and so could the club be. We need to stay in the Football League and we've got six huge games left. We need to take a lesson from last season and don't want to leave it all down to one game".