Q&A With Bournemouth

  • October 03, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Ahead of the 23rd meeting between Bolton and Bournemouth, we have got the views of a Cherries supporter.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 4-0 defeat at Fulham on Wednesday night, while Bournemouth were beaten 2-0 at Derby County the previous evening.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to Steve from Bournemouth website Tales from The South End (@TFTSE). Ahead of Saturday's game, Steve shares his views on the contrasting success stories of Eddie Howe and Dougie Freedman, why investing in youth from lower leagues can pay off, as well as why Bournemouth could put an end to a managerial reign with victory at Macron Stadium.

Q: Eyebrows were raised when Eddie Howe left Burnley for a second spell at Bournemouth two years ago. He guided you to promotion in his first campaign and a top-half finish in the Championship last season. What do you make of the job he has done at the Goldsands Stadium and what is the target for this season?

A: Eddie Howe has been a miracle worker and he is one of our own. This combination has given him almost saint-like status at Dean Court and deservedly so.

He is not perfect but he has a vision for the way Bournemouth play football. Sometimes it doesn't work, but when it does some of the football is breathtaking.

Early in the season, Eddie Howe told fans to reel in their expectations - but we were top of the league. In reality, a mid-table finish would be the most likely scenario, but after last season the play-offs need to be the target.

Q: Not long after Howe's appointment, Dougie Freedman was handed the managerial post at Bolton following the departure of Owen Coyle. Are you surprised at our current plight and do you think a change is required?

A: Freedman did a good job at Crystal Palace and it seemed that his success there would be transferred to Bolton. I guess that's why he got the job.

Personally, I would not have been disappointed if he had been a candidate for the Bournemouth job, but I am surprised at the lack of success he has had at Bolton.

I admire a chairman who sticks with a manager, but there comes a point when change is needed and, if things don't change soon, Mr Freedman should be relieved of his duties.

Q: Callum Wilson joined the Cherries from Coventry City in the summer and has hit five goals during an impressive start to the season. Is he the man to down Bolton at the weekend, or is there somebody else who is likely to pose a more serious threat?

A: After a blistering start to the season, the goals have dried up and he hasn't scored in five games. Wilson is still getting chances and will score, so Saturday could be the perfect time for him to add to his tally.

But it's not all about Callum Wilson. Yann Kermorgant is starting to come back into form and will be a threat, especially in the air. Also watch out for Harry Arter and Andrew Surman - and defender Steve Cook, who pops up with the occasional goal.

Q: Bolton have failed to score in five of their last six league outings, but Joe Mason did net a hat-trick in a recent victory over Rotherham United. Who do you see as the Trotters' danger man?

A: To be honest, I know very little about Bolton's strike force - nor do most defences!

However, if Joe Mason can score a hat-trick against Rotherham, then he is obviously a goal threat.

Jermaine Beckford is another player who I think we should be wary of, if he is in form.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Saturday's game?

A: With Bolton's current record, I reckon it will be a great opportunity for Bournemouth to record a victory.

I don't see it being a high-scoring game and one goal will win it - so 1-0 to Bournemouth, with Callum Wilson to end his goal drought.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Steve for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him on Twitter - @TFTSE.

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