Eddie Howe Says Bournemouth's Position Is a Concern Ahead of Key Upcoming Games

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admits he is worried after Bournemouth's poor start to the Premier League campaign. 

The Cherries were beaten by Chelsea today 1-0 at home. This comes after a good run of results in a week where they beat Stoke last weekend in the league, then Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

The defeat to Chelsea leaves Bournemouth in the bottom three of the Premier League, with just seven points from their first ten league games. 

Howe admits this form is a worry heading into a crucial run of fixtures. Speaking after his team's defeat to Chelsea about their form this season, according to Sky Sports, the 39-year-old said: 

"These performances can be misleading; they hurt you. It's a crisis in the Premier League when you lose one game. It's a commonly used word.


"We are concerned, of course we are. We have a key run of games coming up next month, particularly when you look at the games in December. We know this."

Speaking about where it went wrong for Bournemouth in the first half against Chelsea, Howe identified that they weren't aggressive enough. He said: "we were too passive and stood off Chelsea too much, a dangerous game to play. 

"With the quality they have; they penned us in. But we came in at half-time 0-0, which was a positive, and we could change things and press the ball differently with a change of system."

For the goal Chelsea scored, Howe said the goalkeeper Asmir Begovic wasn't the only one to blame as he admitted he was disappointed with how Chelsea scored it. He continued by saying: "It wasn't just a goalkeeping error. It was a really poor goal. 

"They had a lot of the ball, we plugged gaps and threw bodies in the way, but to then concede from our goal-kick with a couple of errors thrown in. That was hugely disappointing."