Cherries: Howe calls on crowd to play a part
EDDIE Howe has emphasised the importance of a big home support as Cherries bid to end the impressive unbeaten record of League One high-fliers Carlisle. Attendance figures have been in the news since just 5,501 turned out to watch Howe's in-form side thump Dagenham and Redbridge 3-0 in their last Dean Court outing. Chairman Eddie Mitchell has spoken of his desire to boost crowd figures and the club last week announced concessions, aimed at key workers and members of the Armed Forces, in an attempt to get more people through the turnstiles. Aside from the financial benefits for the club, the Cherries manager has revealed how bumper attendances can assist his team's third-tier quest. And he is keen for his team to get a big and vociferous backing when they return to home soil tomorrow (3pm). The bigger crowds, the better from the players' point of view, Howe told the Echo. The more atmosphere we can generate, the harder it is for opposing teams. You just have to look at Oldham last week, when they scored their first goal, and the difference their crowd made to them. It will be likewise for us. Our crowd have been fantastic, especially when we're attacking that goal (in front of the Steve Fletcher Stand), they've been fantastic for us. We know how difficult the climate is at the moment in terms of finances and how difficult things are for people. But what you will see here is 11 lads who work their socks off and are totally committed to the cause week in, week out. And, hopefully, we are providing good entertainment for the people locally. Cherries will be keen to bounce back from last weekend's defeat at Oldham where, having led until the closing stages, two quickfire goals handed the hosts the points. But Carlisle arrive in Dorset boasting an excellent record three wins and four draws in seven league games having only conceded three goals. Howe added: They are a good team. Most of the time they have played 4-3-3 and they have got some good players, and I think they have got a good manager. It's going to be a really tough test for us probably one of the toughest tests we've had this season. They're unbeaten for a reason they are solid and they do have dangerous front players. It will be another good gauge for us to see how competitive we're going to be this season. It's a long way to come for them and we hope that we can take the game to them and put them under a little bit of pressure. ¢ If you cannot attend the game, keep up to date with the action by logging on to the Echo's live matchday blog. We are continuing to trial new software for the Cherries-Carlisle clash in an attempt to enhance the experience for our bloggers. Cherries: (from) Jalal, Bradbury, Garry, Pearce, Wiggins, Cooper, Feeney, Robinson, Bartley, Pugh, McQuoid, Fletcher, Hollands, Arter, Cummings, Partington, Taylor, Stockley, Nelson, Symes, Smith, Stewart. Carlisle: (from) Collin, Simek, McDaid, Michalik, Chester, Berrett, Taiwo, Marshall, Norwood, Curran, Robson, Madine, Zoko, Price, Caig, Kavanagh, Kane, Murphy, Hurst.
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