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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Howe warns Cherries not to be fooled by struggling Stoke

Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe has warned his Bournemouth team not to be misled by Stoke's disappointing start to the season.

The summer arrivals of Xherdan Shaqiri, Ibrahim Afellay and Marco van Ginkel led to significantly raised expectations surrounding Mark Hughes' team but they have yet to win in their six Premier League fixtures so far.

They host Bournemouth tomorrow, who in a reasonable start to their league campaign most recently defeated Sunderland, but manager Howe is conscious that Stoke's performances have deserved greater results. "When I have reviewed Stoke's games I have been very impressed," said Howe.

"They don't look like a team that haven't won yet. They are the kind of side that you will see in a few weeks and they will be in a very different position.

"But we don't need to worry about that. We know that if we are at our best levels we can beat anyone in this league, so it's down to us. The performance against Sunderland was good, but we will prepare for Stoke on an individual basis.

"We are not at the stage where we can start to group games together. We want points from every game."

The manager's confidence is such, despite his team having to travel to Stoke without captain Tommy Elphick and midfielder Harry Arter due to injury. "Both Tommy and Harry are still out," Howe said.

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