Eddie Howe has been speaking ahead of Bournemouth’s match on Saturday.
The Cherries boss speaking to the media on Friday morning ahead of facing Newcastle.
It pits one of the current longest serving Premier League managers against one of the most experienced/accomplished.
Only Arsene Wenger of the 20 Premier League managers has been in his job longer than the five and a half years Eddie Howe has been in charge.
Now in their third consecutive Premier League season, Eddie Howe has done a remarkable job.
Talking about tomorrow’s match he says that ‘togetherness’ has been a vital factor for Bournemouth but that in respect, when they play Rafa’s Newcastle United ‘you will see two teams equal in that respect’.
Bournemouth had an excellent run from December to February when they were unbeaten in seven and picked up 15 Premier League points from a possible 21.
That though came to a crashing end when losing at Huddersfield 4-1 last time out, a team they had beaten 4-o at home earlier in the season.
Eddie Howe also picked out Dan Gosling for special mention, the midfielder did nothing when at Newcastle but Howe says ‘we’re possibly seeing the best of him now’.
“It was a great run for us, especially when you look at who we played. We hope the Huddersfield game was a blip.
“To this point, the season has been ok, but there’s some big games to come and we can’t be complacent.
“We still have a lot of work to do and we still have to deliver in the upcoming games.
“We wouldn’t have achieved what we have without the togetherness.
“I think you will see two teams equal in that respect.
“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.
“The reverse fixture (at St James Park) was a big one for us.
“It was a late goal and a key moment in the season for us. It was a tight game and we expect a tough game tomorrow.”
“I think (former Newcastle player) Dan Gosling is in a very good run of form.
“We’re possibly seeing the best of him now. He’s a popular member of the squad.
“It’s always about the player and how well he does. Dan has been a really nice person to coach and develop.”