Howe pledges to make Bournemouth fans ‘proud’

Date published: Friday 30th October 2015 5:14

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe wants his players to put in a performance against Southampton that will make the fans happy on Sunday.

The two sides have never met before outside the third tier and Howe revealed his delight that this derby is now a Premier League fixture.

“I think it’s a new experience for us, since I’ve been here we haven’t played many local derbies,” he explained.

“We played them back in League One and it was a memorable experience. But this is in the Premier League and it will be totally different.

“The he players are looking forward to it and I certainly know that the fans are. I am just hoping that we can make them proud.”

Howe also took the time to praise Southampton for their dedication in bringing youth products all the way through the first team despite the process becoming increasingly difficult to implement.

“The big thing for me is their youth development and how they’ve brought their young lads through,” he explained.

“They have a very good scouting network and coverage and it’s hard to compete with the facilities that they can offer young players.

“That said, in modern football it’s still hard to bring those players through into the first team, but they’ve found a way of doing it.”

Harry Arter is in line for his first Premier League start of the season after playing 71 minutes of Bournemouth’s Capital One Cup defeat at Liverpool.

Out-of-form goalkeeper Artur Boruc is still nursing a thigh problem, so Adam Federici is again expected to start in his absence. Captain Tommy Elphick is also still out with an ankle injury, albeit not for the long term.

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