March 22, 2015 12:12:05 UK
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hopes that his side can take a huge boost from their win over Middlesbrough into the final Championship run-in.
A 3-0 win over Boro at Dean Court lifted the Cherries back to the top of the Championship, with just seven games to play in what is developing into a tense tussle for the automatic promotion spots.
Psychologically, it’s the boost it gives you knowing you’ve beaten one of the best sides in the division.
Bournemouth lead the way by one point from Watford and Boro, with Norwich City just two points further back in fourth and Howe told BBC Radio Solent after the victory over the Teessiders: “We’ve been aiming to improve our record against the top-six sides.
“We haven’t always got what we deserved or perhaps produced the types of performances we were looking for, but we did that today.
“Psychologically, it’s the boost it gives you knowing you’ve beaten one of the best sides in the division. It should serve us well in the remaining games.”
Bournemouth can be backed at 1.36 to gain promotion to the Premier League and are 2.62 to win the Championship title.
Meanwhile, Boro head coach Aitor Karanka accepted that his side, who are 1.36 to be promoted, had been well beaten on the day, adding: “Bournemouth were better than us, we didn’t have any chance.
“If you play against a team like Bournemouth, the first thing you can’t make is mistakes.
“It’s difficult to beat them playing at your best, so imagine what it’s like when you’re making mistakes.”
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