Howe hails Bournemouth’s character after win over Swansea

Date published: Saturday 12th March 2016 5:53 - Sam Nightingale

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised the character of his players after they beat Swansea 3-2 at home in the Premier League.

Steve Cook’s late header sealed a 3-2 win over Swansea to move the Cherries on to 38 points, 13 clear of the relegation zone with eight games remaining.

The fans were singing ‘we are staying up’ at the end of Bournemouth’s third win in a row, but Dean Court boss Howe is not counting his chickens.

“The official line is that nothing is decided today,” he said. “We have put ourselves in a good position but we still have work to do.

“There are so many games to go that you can’t predict what will be needed.

“What good would saying ‘we are safe’ do? We have a number of games still to play against some very good teams.

“Our players need the same mentality that they have had all season. We can’t relax at all, if we do we’ll get punished.

“But we are certainly in a very good position and I’m very pleased with the players and how they have conducted themselves this season.”

Goals from Max Gradel and Josh King twice put Bournemouth ahead, only for Modou Barrow and Gylfi Sigurdsson to peg them back.

But Swansea could not recover a third time after defender Cook nodded home Matt Ritchie’s cross with 12 minutes remaining.

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