FA Cup: Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will stay focused despite Liverpool trip
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has vowed their forthcoming FA Cup trip to Liverpool will not distract him.
Last Updated: 15/01/14 2:39pm
A double from Brett Pitman and strikes from Ryan Fraser and captain Tommy Elphick - a big Reds fan - helped see off League 2 side Burton 4-1 and set up a meeting with Brendan Rodgers' men.
But, despite the obvious hype surrounding the clash later this month, Howe's attention will be fully on their league exploits - starting with the visit of Watford on Saturday.
"For me, the Watford game is the biggest of our season because it is the next one," he said. "All eyes and attention now goes to that game. We have got to prepare well and try to get back to winning ways at home.
"The league is our priority this season. We want to do well in the FA Cup and the Liverpool one is a game ahead in the calendar that we can look forward to and enjoy, but up until that point we have to do our work in the league.
"We have got a very level-headed group of players who know they have to work hard to get success that they deserve. The Liverpool game is a nice one but it is not what we train to do every day."
Burton's Jimmy Phillips cancelled out Pitman's early opener with a deflected effort against the run of play before Elphick's near-post strike put the Cherries 2-1 up just before the break.
But they had to be patient to secure their progress. They eventually found a way past the inspired Burton goalkeeper Dean Lyness with five minutes left thanks to a classy chip from Fraser before Pitman added some gloss to the scoreline.
"It was a tough game and I was really impressed with our first half performance," Howe added. "And I'd have loved to have come in a few goals ahead.
"The second half was not as pretty and conditions deteriorated but thankfully the third goal killed the game."
Defeat for the Brewers was their first in 16 games - a run stretching back to November 16 - and they conceded the same number of goals in 90 minutes as they had during that entire unbeaten run.
They only forced Cherries' stand-in goalkeeper Ryan Allsop into one meaningful save and manager Gary Rowett was frustrated with his side's display against a team two divisions above them.
"I'm just disappointed for the players," he said. "I don't think they did themselves justice in key parts of the game. And to concede the goals the way we did never gave us a chance.
"But Bournemouth are a terrific side and they had lots of efforts on goal. We'd have been very fortune to have got to half-time at 1-1 but if we had done that then the longer the game goes on the more chance we have got.
"They are a good side and it is a good lesson. We have got to take one or two things out of that game to be a better side.
"We've had some really good results in the cups against good sides and I was hopeful we could have made the game a bit more difficult for Bournemouth.
"I am just disappointed. One or two of my players could have done a little more to justify the game. That is probably my one big disappointment."