Saturday 19


Hornets' visit looks too soon for Ake

1st January 2019, 12:43 by Craig Smithson

Bournemouth look like being without Nathan Ake for Wednesday's Premier League visit of Watford because of a hamstring injury.

The Holland defender picked up the injury in Sunday's 4-1 loss at Manchester United and is now a huge doubt for the Vitality Stadium clash with the Hornets.

Jordon Ibe could again deputise at wing-back, with Simon Francis, Adam Smith, Lewis Cook and Dan Gosling all long-term absentees due to knee injuries.

Meanwhile, defender Charlie Daniels has stressed the Cherries must stop conceding "silly" goals as they look to move on from their recent troubles.

Eddie Howe's men were thrashed 5-0 by Tottenham at Wembley on Boxing Day and then beaten 4-1 at Manchester United on Sunday, making it eight losses in their last 10 Premier League games.

Daniels said ahead of Wednesday's home clash with Watford: "It was the same old story with us in these past few weeks. Letting in silly goals we need to stop doing.

"We can't concede goals and then start trying to play. It's something which happened against Spurs and again on Sunday. We created a few chances. If we took our chances then it could have been a different game."

When asked how big the match against Watford was going to be, he said: "It's just got a little bit bigger. If we win that game at home with the crowd behind us, things will start to look a bit rosier."

Daniels added: "We have lost against the big teams and have had some crucial games in between, which we have won. We beat Brighton (2-0 on December 22) and Huddersfield (2-1 on December 4) - and they were a crucial six points.

"If we can go on a run like we did at the start of the season then the season will turn out a lot better. Starting against Watford, if we can pick up another three points then we can start building from there."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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