Brighton travel to Bournemouth for Friday night clash

Brighton travel to Bournemouth for Friday night clash

Bournemouth's spluttering, pointless start to the campaign had been masked by higher-profile malaises at the likes of Crystal Palace and Arsenal, whose 3-0 thrashing of Eddie Howe's men last week had laid bare the Cherries' flaws.

"The players are a very honest group, they want to do well and when we're not doing so well, they feel that".

Howe is unfazed by the club's form ahead of their home game against Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday night and said Bournemouth would turn the corner eventually.

After four games, Bournemouth are still looking for their first win of the season and sit 19th in the table.


"It is a tough place to go on a Friday night under the floodlights, but I just hope we can take some of that confidence from Saturday's game".

'We've always been very good on the ball and we haven't quite seen that, ' said Howe.

Ibe made as significant a contribution as Defoe on a wet evening on the south coast, the winger coming off the bench to also set up Bournemouth's 67th-minute equalizer — scored by midfielder Andrew Surman — with an impudent back-heel. This is a side that has been playing really well in the Championship for the past few seasons and they will hope that this squad is good enough this season with the big step up. The latter two sides were relegated.The Cherries are in danger of losing five successive Premier League games for the first time.Bournemouth have won just five of their 23 league fixtures in 2017 (D7, L11). The Cherries have scored only one goal and have struggled to generate chances.

Jordon Ibe turned in a star performance from the bench, setting up both goals as Bournemouth got off the mark in the Premier League this season with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

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