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Cherries: Howe tells disciplinary eight to keep quiet
Published : 20 Dec 2010 07:00:00
EDDIE Howe will urge his men to hold their tongues as several members of his squad enter the festive period walking a disciplinary tightrope. No fewer than eight first-team players are precariously close to picking up a one-match suspension ahead of the New Year's Eve amnesty. Adam Smith, Harry Arter, Danny Hollands and Anton Robinson are all on four bookings, while Marvin Bartley, Lee Bradbury, Marc Pugh and Rhoys Wiggins have three. Any player accumulating five bookings before December 31 will receive a one-match ban with a stay granted to those who reach the start of January on four or fewer. Then, the next threshold sees any player totting up 10 cautions by Sunday, April 10 earning a two-match ban before another amnesty kicks in. Cherries host Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day and travel to MK Dons on Tuesday, December 28 before the first cut-off is triggered. Boss Howe said: All the players are competitive, make tackles and put themselves in a position where they are going to get the occasional yellow card so I've got no problem with that. It's the yellows for dissent that really annoy you at a time like this because they are the ones that could so easily have been avoided. We won't be telling the lads to be careful with their tackles but we will be telling them to be careful of the needless bookings. Then, hopefully, we can avoid any unwanted suspensions at this time.