Cape Town - Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has
bemoaned the timing of the winter break after his side slipped closer to
relegation with defeat to Sheffield United.
The Cherries Premier League survival hopes suffered a setback as they
slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon and the
break could not come at a worse time for Howe’s side.
The defeat came after back-to-back league wins and leaves them just
two points above the relegation zone, having played a game more than
some of their rivals.
Howe’s men were starting to gather some momentum and at least a point
would have kept the feel good factor heading into the winter break.
Instead they have been stopped in their tracks somewhat and now have a
12-day wait until they return to action.
That game will see them head north again, this time to Burnley, on
February 22, and it is another big one as they look to get out of
Howe was delighted with the way his side started the game and they
took the lead Callum Wilson after just 13 minutes, but they could not
build on it and the Blades hit back on the stroke of half time through
A point still would have been a good result but Lundstram then struck
with just six minutes remaining to leave the Cherries empty handed.
“When we get the lead in these types of games we need to defend
better. Their first bit of pressure and we conceded,” Howe said. “I
think the way we started the game, you wouldn’t think we are in the
position we are in. There’s things to grow from and stuff to learn from
but we’re running out of games to keep saying that.
Howe then admitted that the break has come at the worst time, but
says they will come back refreshed, rested and ready to go again.
- TeamTalk Media