Eddie Howe hopes Bournemouth’s return to winning ways against Huddersfield can give them confidence going into this weekend’s clash with Liverpool.
The Cherries ended a four-game Premier League losing streak against the Terriers with a 2-1 success that came courtesy of early Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser goals.
Three of those four defeats were against Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City, so Howe is pleased to be going into another battle with one of the big guns on the back of a win.
“I think we have to focus very quickly on Liverpool now,” Howe said.
“It is that sort of month where it is game after game after game and a relentless schedule, so let’s try and use this win to give us confidence to perform well against Liverpool.”
Wilson took his tally to eight for the season in 15 games after heading home Fraser’s cross and then returned the favour to lay the ball on a plate for Fraser to double the lead.
Scotland international Fraser went to the top of the Premier League assist charts when teeing up Wilson.
“They are having very good seasons,” Howe added. “Callum’s is a really good finish from a quick ball in from Ryan and then trademark us really for the second goal, an excellent move and finish from Ryan. I was pleased to see our attacking play looking so dangerous early in the game.
“Ryan has been an attacking threat all season for us. He is a dynamic player, his set-piece delivery is very good, I think sometimes that gets lost, a number of goals have come from that.
“I am really pleased with that aspect of his game, we need to score goals from those situations.
“We are pleased with him, pleased with all of the attacking players.”
Howe conceded his side had to battle hard as after they went 2-0 up and Huddersfield mounted a recovery.
Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic made three stunning saves in quick succession before Terence Kongolo made a game of it with a header just before the break.
Terriers boss David Wagner was again left to rue missed chances and is calling on his current squad to turn it around, rather than recruit in the winter transfer window.
“I’m not focused on January,” he said. “All of them, not only our strikers, need to use their chances.
“The most important thing in football is to know exactly what you have to do better after the game.
“We have to be better defensively in these situations and we have to be better in using these clear-cut chances.
“Everything in between was great, but that is not for the first time this season.”