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Sunday 17 December 2017

Howe wants derby win to lift Cherries

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe hopes a raucous south coast derby atmosphere can inspire his team to bounce back from a disappointing midweek defeat.

The Cherries produced a below-par performance in Wednesday's 2-1 home loss to Burnley but they do not have to wait long for an opportunity to make amends with near-neighbours Southampton due at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday. Howe expressed sympathy for the club's supporters after the Clarets defeat and has called for them to help the team return to winning ways.

"I hope so, I hope that proves right," he replied when asked if a local derby was the perfect chance to move on from a setback.

"I hope that there will be a really good atmosphere and a full house and we can really get going.

"You've got to set your stall out in the game and really give your fans a platform to get involved as a home team."

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