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Howe upbeat despite defeats

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe feels his side are not far away from turning things around after a disappointing run in the Premier League.

A 3-2 defeat at the hands of Tottenham on Saturday means the Cherries have suffered three straight defeats since they secured a memorable 1-0 in over Manchester United on November 2.

Since that victory against the Red Devils, Bournemouth have been beaten by Newcastle United, Wolves and most recently Jose Mourinho's Spurs.

But in each of those defeats the Cherries have only been beaten by a single goal and Howe is looking to take the positives from those performance ahead of their next encounter against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

"We want to be winning regularly, but it's difficult to focus on that alone," Howe told reporters in his press conference on Monday morning.

"In our last three performances, the results could've been very different. I think we're in good shape, but we have to be more consistent."

Meanwhile, Howe is fully aware of the strength's Roy Hodgson's Palace possess ahead of their meeting in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

"I expect Crystal Palace to play as they do. They are a dangerous team, with some really good players. We've had some good battles with them, they're always tight games and we can take the positives from the Tottenham game."

The loss to Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium over the weekend means the Cherries are now in down in 12th place in the Premier League and starting to look over their shoulders at the teams below.

With four points between themselves and the relegation zone, Howe will be desperate to end the slump as quickly as possible before a slight blip in the season becomes something more serious for the south-coast outfit.

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