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Cherries are focused - Howe

14 April 2013

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe insists his in-form side are determined to see the job through and seal promotion to the npower Championship after easing to a 3-0 win at Shrewsbury.

A brace from top scorer Brett Pitman, an early penalty and an unstoppable 25-yard shot, was added to by an own goal from Jermaine Grandison as the Cherries equalled a club record of seven successive Football League victories. Howe was delighted to see his side join John Bond's team of 1970-71 in the club's hall of fame.

He said: "It means a great deal and hopefully we can go one better next week."

Howe added: "I see a steely determination in the group. I don't see flamboyance or any big gestures or any sign that we're ahead of ourselves. I just see players that are desperate to achieve success for the football club and desperate to win games. That's a really good sign and hopefully we can stay where we are at the moment.

"They're a very good group of players. They're young but they've got their feet on the floor and we know there's a lot of teams snapping at our heels. It's really tight so that's keeping us very much in the moment and concentrating on next week."

Howe was impressed with Bournemouth's display as they cruised to a comfortable win with confident striker Pitman, on target in each of the last seven matches, again setting high standards up front.

"The early goal helped but so does having a striker in the form of Brett Pitman," said Howe. "He's scoring goals like his second goal which was a fantastic finish. It was an all-round team performance again. We kept the ball really well on a really difficult surface."

Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner had no complaints about a result which leaves his side still anxiously looking over their shoulder at the League One relegation zone.

"It was difficult watching," he admitted. "Bournemouth are a team in form and they're right up there for a reason, and we're a side near the bottom of the table for a reason. That was evident but what was annoying was they out worked us.

"They've got some very good players, some excellent players by these standards, and they're well organised. The only way we could really get a result was to out-work them and we didn't. We came off second best in that as well."

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