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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has no complaints over festive schedule

Eddie Howe believes the busy Christmas schedule stretches the Premier League's smaller clubs most - but insists he has no complaints about it.
Bournemouth play West Ham on Boxing Day before meetings with Everton on Saturday and Brighton on New Year's Day.
With a number of injury issues to contend with too, Howe admits that makes his job harder but is adamant he would not have it any other way.
The Bournemouth manager said: "I think it is what it is. I'm not really going to get into too big a debate about the Christmas schedule. We can't change it, it's here.
"It will stretch the resources of clubs like ours against other clubs, where they potentially have the ability to change more players or have a bigger squad to pick from.
"Certainly with the injuries we've suffered just before Christmas, it's been a difficult period for us. That's where we stand on it but we're looking forward to the games
"If you're strong enough, I think you have to rotate. We've carried players throughout the season who have had minor knocks and problems.
"It's hard for them to then play this amount of games in a tight situation so trying to get players on the pitch injury-free and fresh enough to do themselves justice is going to be very important.
"With the amount of games we have in a short space of time, although it's difficult on one level it's also great.
"We live for the games and the competitive nature of football and we really appreciate the opportunity to play in front of our supporters."