Cherries: Howe hails Hill's miracle work

17 December 2010 07:00
EDDIE Howe reckons outspoken counterpart Keith Hill has worked miracles at Spotland with the rival bosses preparing to lock horns again tomorrow.[LNB] The emerging managerial talents earned rave reviews after leading their respective clubs out of the basement division last season.[LNB] In the past, there has been no love lost between Cherries and Rochdale, with Hill last term stoking the fires when he claimed his opposite number had a squad built on money the club never had.[LNB] Those comments did not go down well with the Dean Court faithful, but Howe yesterday insisted Hill deserved plenty of credit for the job he had done.[LNB] Speaking ahead of Cherries' trip to Greater Manchester, Howe said: There was a good rivalry last season and the season before with Rochdale. We've had some really good battles with them.[LNB] Keith Hill has done a great job there there's no denying that. What he's achieved at Rochdale is fantastic.[LNB] He's outspoken but that's how he works and it can have an effect where you have a little battle between the two of you, but that's football. That makes it exciting and there's a good rivalry and we're keen to go there and get a positive result.[LNB] I have a lot of respect for the job he has done there. He has worked miracles really and he's got his team playing really good football, as well.[LNB] Cherries go into the clash with their old fourth tier foes, who have managed just one win in 11, sitting fifth in League One following a fine start to the campaign.[LNB] But the Dean Court outfit have lost consecutive matches this week and Howe has had to deal with a number of injury problems.[LNB] Doubts remain over the fitness of Michael Symes (groin), Nicholas Bignall (hip), Harry Arter and Marc Pugh (both knee).[LNB] Shwan Jalal (eye socket) and Ryan Garry (shin) are sidelined, but Joe Partington is back after being ineligible for the FA Cup tie at Notts County.[LNB] Another player set to miss out is Shaun Cooper (calf).[LNB] Discussing Cooper, Howe said: Shaun pulled his calf and came back and pulled his other calf.[LNB] Firstly, we've been trying to get the calf strain to heal and, secondly, we've got to try to find out why he's done that.[LNB]

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