No magic formula to explain Bournemouth’s change in fortunes

Eddie Howe said their has been no “magic formula” as AFC Bourne­mouth enjoyed a change in fortune to form during November.

“There’s no magic formula, we’ve stuck to our principles and have hopefully done some good training,” said the Cherries’ boss.

“The most important thing is the lads have stuck together and worked as a team and by doing that we’ve come out the other side.”

Howe stressed that the experience gained bringing the team up from League Two was a source of strength in difficult times.

“The sanity is tested at times in this job but it’s about being experienced enough to know you’ve been there before and that the luck changes,” he said. “I’m a firm believer in doing the right things and not veering away from what brought you success previously.”

One of the reasons for Bourne­mouth’s recent success has come thanks to Howe’s ability to select a secure defence which has been backed up with his team also finding the back of the net.

“It’s difficult in this League to be tight at the back because you’re playing against good attacks every week,” explained Howe. “It’s also difficult to score goals but we have found that balance in recent weeks.”

100 Appearances for Surman

Andrew Surman AFC Bournemouth

Cherries midfielder Andrew Surman has clocked up over 100 Premier League appearances, with his century of top-flight games falling against Everton earlier in the campaign.

As a result the 31-year-old has been awarded a special commemorative medal by Cadbury in line with their new relationship with the Premier League.

Of Surman’s century, 71 have come with the Cherries since the club earned promotion – including not missing a single game for Eddie Howe’s side in the 2015-16 season.

So far, the Cherries’ vice-captain has scored six times in the top flight, with two of those coming this season against Brighton and Hove Albion and Stoke City.

Daniels celebrating 6 years with the Cherries

Charlie Daniels, AFC Bournemouth vs Arsenal FC

Fan favourite Charlie Daniels is celebrating six years with the Cherries this week as he continues to play an integral part in AFC Bourne­mouth’s Premier League experience.

After spending his youth career at Tottenham Hotspur, the left-back progressed through the ranks at White Hart Lane to sign a professional contract in 2005. He didn’t make a first-team appearance for Spurs but had three loan spells during that period at Chesterfield, Leyton Orient and Gillingham before making a permanent move to Orient in 2009, appearing 117 times and netting two goals.

Daniels first arrived at Bourne­mouth during a loan spell in November 2011, with his move becoming permanent in January 2012 as a £175,000 signing by then manager Lee Bradbury.

Daniels has now played over 200 games for Bournemouth and recently signed a new three-year-contract to extend his stay on the South Coast to 2020.

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