AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was delighted to secure the Cherries Premier League status for a third successive year.
The 2-2 draw against Stoke City at Dean Court moved the Cherries to 42 points for 2016/17 campaign and are now mathematically safe from the prospect of relegation to the Championship.
The Cherries reached that very same points tally last season, on way to finishing their maiden campaign in the top flight of English football in 16th.
With two games remaining, AFC Bournemouth are still able to beat that points record, finish in a higher position in the division and complete the season with an improved goals for and goals against record.
Howe told the afcb.co.uk…
‘It’s nice to be able to say we’re safe, finally!
‘Everyone has been saying it for weeks but internally it was difficult to say that until it was mathematically possible.
‘I’d say to everyone at the club and the people of Bournemouth, we can never get complacent with life in the Premier League. It’s not our divine right to be here and we have to earn it competing against the best club teams in the world…’
‘…I take great pride in taking the club forward and the league is ruthless – we have to acknowledge our achievements but work hard to keep them going.’
Pretty poor showing honestly. Passing was subpar and frankly we looked a little lazy in that we wouldn’t always make our usual runs that give our man with the ball options to pass too also there were several times where Fraser made a good cross but no one could be arsed to get in the box for it. Anyways always good to get a result against a decent team when you don’t play well, shows we really belong in the PL. – Join the conversation here.
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