Eddie Howe says Bournemouth can beat anybody in the Premier League
By Liam Grace
Last Updated: 06/10/18 7:19pm
Eddie Howe says Bournemouth can beat anybody when his side are at their best, after the Cherries moved up to fifth in the Premier League.
Bournemouth thumped Watford 4-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday to record back-to-back wins - their biggest top-flight away victory - in what has been the south-coast club's best start to a Premier League season.
Howe's side have registered 16 points from eight games, beating West Ham and Watford away from home, as well as home wins against Crystal Palace, Leicester and Cardiff.
However, the league's longest-serving manager thinks there is still room for improvement within his Bournemouth side, while also admitting that he hopes the Cherries do not draw too much attention to themselves.
"I think we're capable of beating anybody when we're on the top of our game," Howe said. "I don't think we were on top of our game today, so that's good because there's room to grow and improve.
"But the results show we are in a really good place at the moment, a great position in the league, and we need to keep our feet firmly on the floor and keep pushing.
"Hopefully they won't [start talking about us]. We like to stay very much in the background and as underdogs. We'll just go about our work in a very controlled way and not get ahead of ourselves."
Howe was full of praise for Wales international David Brooks, who opened the scoring against Watford for his second goal in two games.
"David is an outstanding young player," Howe added. "He's come in and looked the part.
David is an outstanding young player. He's come in and looked the part.
"It's great to see him scoring goals and creating goals. All round a very good performance. He's got a very good mentality, which I saw when he first came into the group.
"He's not flashy, not fazed by anything. Just goes about his business in a really good way. Very professional guy. He's got a good future ahead of him."
Bournemouth are next in action on October 20, after the international break, when they host south-coast neighbours Southampton at the Vitality Stadium.