Eddie Howe: Vitality Stadium 'not a nice environment' for visiting teams
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 10/03/18 2:15pm
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is keen for his side to make home advantage count when they face Tottenham at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.
The Cherries will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of conceding a goal deep into stoppage-time as Leicester earned a 1-1 draw against them last week.
Bournemouth's ground may be the smallest in the Premier League, with a capacity of just 11,450, but Howe maintains away sides will not relish coming there.
"I always think this is a tough place to come, if I was an opposing manager preparing my team to play here - the crowd are involved, the stadium is tight, usually with a very good atmosphere," he said ahead of the Nissan Super Sunday clash, live on Sky Sports.
"They are not nice environments to play in when you are an opposing team.
"Our style of play is intense, it is quick - we have to execute that right, and when we have done that, we have been tough to play against, when we don't, there is a chance we might lose.
"A very good start in this match will be crucial to get the crowd involved. The supporters are a huge part of when we play here because they are so close to the pitch.
"They have always been like an extra man for us, in certain matches they have pulled us over the line.
"When you play games like this, any game at home, to create a good atmosphere for our players to thrive in is so, so important."
Watch Bournemouth v Tottenham on Nissan Super Sunday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League at 3:30pm.
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