Howe: A totally different occasion to last time

By SFC Media time Sat 31 Oct Club

AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says Sunday’s game will be a new occasion entirely to the last time they faced Southampton.

The two South Coast sides will meet for the first time ever in the top flight of English football this weekend, and Cherries boss Howe is looking forward to the clash.

Howe was in charge when the two sides last met at St Mary’s back in League 1 during the 2010/11 campaign, but says it’ll be a completely different affair this time around.

“We played them back in League 1 and it was a memorable game. But this is the Premier League and it will be totally different,” Howe told reporters ahead of the game.

“I think it’s a new experience for us. Since I’ve been here we haven’t played many local derbies because of the location where we are. Us against Southampton hasn’t been a regular fixture.

“The players are looking forward to it and I certainly know that the fans are. I am just hoping we can make them proud.

"Bournemouth against Southampton could turn into a decent rivalry, but I think we would need to build that rivalry with the games. 

"If the games we play against them this season are of high intensity and close, that interest in the two sides will build."

Howe will come up against Saints boss Ronald Koeman for the first time on Sunday, and he says he holds a lot of admiration for the Dutchman.

“I think he’s been excellent for them, when you consider the start of last season and the amount of players that they sold,” Howe added.

“It’s very difficult to be successful when selling your best players, but Southampton have broken that mould.

“Full credit to him for that. He’s gone a totally new way, largely with young players as well, so I’m full of admiration for that.

"Ronald gets them playing good football as you'd expect. It's a game we're looking forward to but another tough test."