Date: 16th January 2015 at 8:35am
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was disappointed with the hastily rearranged date for the Cherries trip to Leeds United.

Following the Cherries victory over Rotherham United in the third round of the FA Cup, the Cherries trip to Leeds United on 24th January was postponed.

This was because the Cherries FA Cup fourth round tie was arranged for 25th January.

But instead of setting a fixture date in a few weeks time, the Football League gave the Cherries two dates to select from. The 20th January, which Leeds and AFC Bournemouth selected or just one week later on the 27th.

Neither date is ideal for AFC Bournemouth, on the 20th it is sandwiched between two long trips to Rotherham (tomorrow) and Aston Villa next week.

Whilst the 27th would have been just 48 hours after the game with Aston Villa and three days before the Friday night Sky Sports televised game with Watford.

With such a hastily rearranged date it also gives supporters little chance to arrange things such as public transport or days off work for a long distance away fixture.

Howe told the Daily Echo

“…We weren’t too keen to play the game so quickly, especially when you consider we are going to Rotherham, Leeds and then Aston Villa. It is a busy spell.

“But the Football League told us they didn’t want a backlog of games so we were forced to take the date that was given to us…’

‘…Supporters often get forgotten about and that is why I thought the speed with which the game was rearranged was unfortunate.

“People want to see certain games and will plan their journeys and hotels in advance and this was very quick. I definitely feel for them but it is what it is. I don’t think we can make too big an issue of it. We have to prepare and try to go there and get a positive result.”


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