ALTHOUGH Eddie Howe rarely deals in oft-used clichés, it would be wrong to suggest he is doing anything more than taking each game as it comes in this marathon not a sprint.
The Cherries boss and rational thinking have always gone hand in hand, his pragmatism a quality shared by many of his predecessors in the Court">Dean Court hot-seat.
But while only two of his 24 peers have enjoyed such a fruitful opening to a season, Howe remains unaffected by the prospect of his class of 2009 eclipsing those of 1963 and 1970.
Victory over Burton Albion tomorrow would see Howe’s men rewrite the record books, the chapter that charts the best start to a season since the club joined the Football League in 1923.
“We’ve just got to approach this game like we have all the others,” said Howe. “We’re delighted with how we’ve started and would love to keep the run going.
“The lads have shown tremendous attitude to their training and have carried that into their performances. I’ve been really pleased with the work ethic and togetherness of the squad. Everything at this moment in time looks good.
“Only a small part of the season has gone and there is a long way to go. It won’t always go as well as this, I think we all know that, but we’re looking to push on and to be successful.
“We need to look at the season as a whole, not just after eight games.”
In winning seven of their first eight league games, Howe’s charges have matched the achievements of John Bond’s Cherries of 1970 whose record-equalling nine-match sequence started with defeat at Aldershot and ended with a draw at York City, co-incidentally, on September 26.
Seven years earlier, Reg Flewin’s side had followed an opening-day draw at Southend with six successive wins before a seventh came a week after they had suffered a 2-1 defeat at Barnsley.
And while Cherries’ invincibility under Howe this season was dented by a 2-0 reverse at Northampton last month, their bouncebackability has been emphasised ever since.
Howe said: “We learned from the game we lost and from the ones we won. You can only move forward and improve by reflecting on your performances, whether you win, lose or draw.
“We have spoken at length about the Northampton game. We were aware of the mistakes we made and why we lost. It could easily have been a different result.
“We didn’t hit the ground running and got punished. It will probably be the first and only time that will happen this season. The players are aware that if we take our feet off the gas, start to get sloppy or think we’re better than we are, we will come unstuck.”
Howe will tomorrow discover that the sun always shines on Sky TV when his liking for a-ha will be made public to the band during their guest appearance on Soccer AM.
Producers of the show this week contacted the Daily Echo to ask permission to show an excerpt from our recent video interview when Howe spoke about being a big fan of the Scandinavian pop icons.