02 Mar Eddie Howe keen to avoid another late show when Cherries face Foxes
Eddie Howe hopes Bournemouth will not need to produce another late show when they take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
The Cherries fought back from 2-0 down at half-time to earn a point from a home draw with Newcastle last weekend, scoring twice in the final 10 minutes.
Howe praised the mentality of his team for being able to find a response, but does not want them to be facing the same issues against the Foxes.
“We were disappointed with how we played for large parts of the game, but very pleased with how we ended the match,” Howe told the club’s official website.
“We were very pleased with the fighting spirit, the character of the players to find enough to go again and get something from the match – it was vital we didn’t lose.
“But the start of the game was a frustration for us and coming into this match we know we have to do better.”
Howe accepts it has “not been ideal” to delay the arrival of the players on Friday because of bad weather, which will also see them set off for Leicester later than originally planned.
However, the Cherries boss feels the snow cannot be used as an excuse for failing to produce the required performance on match day, whatever the conditions.
“This is up there with the worst we have seen, it is very cold, but the week itself has not been too bad,” the Bournemouth manager said.
“We have not been too disrupted because we have the pitch with the undersoil heating, it has been more getting to and from work which has been the problem.”
Howe is not expecting anything other than a stern test against a Leicester side who have improved under their new French coach.
“Claude (Puel) has come in and slightly changed the way they are playing. They are more of a possession team now which I think suits them,” the Bournemouth boss said.
“We are well aware of their threats and we need to be ready for a tough game.”
The cold snap this week, which also forced the club to cancel a planned media conference on Friday morning, has prompted more debate over a potential winter break.
Howe, though, feels timing would be key.
“The winter break could be something I would back if done at the right time and if it doesn’t lengthen the season,” he said.
“Whether February is also the right time is up for debate, that does seem relatively close to the end of the season, I would probably like to see it in January if there was to be one.”
Howe confirmed defender Tyrone Mings had now returned from a trip to Qatar as he continues his rehabilitation from a back problem.
“Tyrone is made of strong stuff and he has come in with a smile on his face ready to fight every day to improve and try to come back,” the Bournemouth boss said.