Howe on job fears ahead of ailing Bournemouth's big City clash
PUBLISHED: 10:16 13 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:22 13 January 2020
Eddie Howe is being forced to bat away questions about getting the sack ahead of Bournemouth's relegation crunch trip to Norwich City.
Howe's side sit one place above the Canaries after Sunday's 3-0 home defeat to Watford.
The Cherries were booed off at full-time by the disgruntled home fans and have now picked up four points from 33.
"You're always looking at whether you're doing good enough and whether ultimately you're helping the team. That's something I'll have to reflect on," said Howe, when asked directly if he was worried about his own position. "One result never dictates your season, but the group of results does. Unfortunately we're in a difficult moment.
"We need to lift ourselves out.
"We need a result very quickly. There's no problem in terms of attitude or endeavour. It was more the first goal going in damaged us mentally and we didn't recover.
"It's certainly not what we wanted and the performance wasn't what we wanted either."
Howe will be working overtime this week to rebuild fragile confidence ahead of the trip to Carrow Road.
"We need to rediscover our belief in the team. For me, that's the only thing missing because we've got good players," he said. "I think that's the big challenge we face.
"I don't doubt the players' quality because they've proved and delivered it before. That's been chipped away at and that's my biggest challenge, to re-find that."
Bournemouth gifted Watford an opener after back up keeper Mark Travers' weak clearance was intercepted.
"Confidence is such an important thing to any team and it just felt it was lacking from that (first) goal onwards, it seemed to dent us," said Howe. "They could play more in transitions and counter-attacks and we weren't good enough to break them down and build momentum which we needed.
"We just didn't execute what we wanted correctly.
"It happens but at such a key moment of the game and a key game, it's ultimately hurt us.
"But no blame attached to the players, they didn't mean the outcome to turn out as it did, it's something we have to learn from."