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Saturday 17 November 2018

Howe backing Ibe to blossom further for the Cherries

 

Jordon Ibe
Jordon Ibe

Eddie Howe feels Jordon Ibe can go from strength to strength after the winger produced his best two performances for Bournemouth.

The Cherries' club record signing has struggled to live up to the billing following his £15million transfer from Liverpool in the summer of 2016.

But manager Howe believes the 23-year-old is now ready to turn a corner and deliver a string of consistent displays, following improved showings against West Ham and Everton.

Ryan Fraser's double sealed Bournemouth's 2-1 win over Everton on Saturday, and Howe's men will next take on Brighton at the Amex Stadium on New Year's Day.

"When you reflect back on these two games he's been a real goal threat and has looked positive throughout," said Howe when asked about Ibe.

"Any player has their moments in a game when things might not go their way, but he's kept working hard.

"He's been very, very effective, and I think these are definitely his two best back-to-back performances for the football club.

"That's great news for him and for us, and hopefully he can keep going with that and keep going in the right way."

Bournemouth ended an eight-match Premier League winless run by sinking Everton at Dean Court, and they will now look to take that form on the road against Chris Hughton's Brighton.

The Cherries will most likely have to do without forward Josh King, who suffered a fresh hamstring injury in the win over Everton.

Bournemouth climbed out of the relegation zone by seeing off the Toffees, and Howe has called on his side to build on that result.

"I'm pleased to say that we won and performed well, and that's the best combination for any manager," said Howe.

"More drama... I mean the last two games really have had incredible twists and turns, but two really good performances from the team underneath that.

Difficult

"It would have been really hard on us not to win on Saturday. We do make it difficult for ourselves but that's when the true character comes through.

"The players really showed they can dig deep and it's a great feeling to get the win."

Glenn Murray is confident that promoted Brighton are on target to cement their place in the Premier League.

The Seagulls collected their 22nd point from 21 top-flight games following a hard-fought goalless draw at Newcastle to occupy 12th place, where they are four points clear of the drop zone.

Murray believes they are firmly on track to achieve their initial objective. He said: "We work on (the basis that) if we get more points than games played, then we're almost on target. If towards the end of the season we are on 38 or 40 points, then we've got what we've come to try and get."

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