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Eddie Howe takes inspiration from former club Burnley

10 November 2014

Eddie Howe insisted second-placed Bournemouth will not rest on their laurels in the Sky Bet Championship.

The manager was speaking after his side continued their fine start to the campaign with a goalless draw in the top-of-the-table match at Middlesbrough.

Howe's men headed to the Riverside on Saturday riding high at the summit of the standings, a remarkable feat for a club which almost slipped out of The Football League just five and a half years ago amid crippling financial issues.

Howe declared himself satisfied with the result, which leaves his side just a point adrift of Derby - who reclaimed top spot with a 5-0 drubbing of Wolves.

He said: "It was really nip-and-tuck. I thought it was a high-quality game. Middlesbrough started better but we grew into the game.

"We had the best chances in the game and our goalkeeper had little to do, which is a good sign.

"We came here to win and we were positive. Middlesbrough are a good side who have been on a good run, like we have.

"We are happy with a point but it shows the mentality of the side that we're a little disappointed not win.

"We were aware it was going to be a tough examination. We have picked up some valuable points on the road and this was another one."

Burnley last year proved that unlikely promotions are possible when they overcame pre-season relegation tips to reach the Premier League.

And Howe admits Bournemouth can take inspiration from his former club, adding: "These are exciting times. We did not really expect to be in this position and we are enjoying it.

"Every club in the Championship is looking at Burnley to see what can be achieved with a small squad and limited resources.

"They had two excellent goalscorers and we are a very different proposition, but there are principles there that we can take."

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