by Ross Millen (@RossMillen)
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he wants to reward fans with one final home win of the season, with the Cherries facing relegation strugglers Swansea City in their last game at Vitality Stadium this campaign.
A hugely frustrating run of form sees the Cherries sit six points above the relegation zone in 12th, and still mathematically not safe from relegation.
Earlier in the season, the clash at the Liberty Stadium ended in a 0-0 draw.
Howe spoke at his pre-match press conference, regarding Saturday’s opponents:
“I think they have a good team shape, work ethic and they’re very committed and spirited.
“We know they are a tough opponent, I’m trying to prepare the team and get them to perform well, this game is about us.”
The Cherries have managed only one win in the last ten Premier League fixtures, and Howe admitted:
“The last part of the season has been hugely frustrating for me.
“It’s very difficult at this level if you’re one or two percent off. We’ve just come off mentally where we need to be, the difficulty is to find that again.”
Howe also revealed the team news ahead of tomorrow’s game:
“Harry Arter is still out with his achilles, Adam Smith is still out and so is Junior Stanislas.”
As the season draws to an end, Howe said:
“My aim was to improve on last year, grow the team again and hit new levels.”
However he insisted that, “Looking ahead to next season is not something on my mind at the moment.”
Bournemouth kick off their final home game against Swansea City at 3pm tomorrow.