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Eddie Howe embracing promotion challenge six years after avoiding relegation out of The Football League

27 April 2015

Six years ago, Bournemouth completed a Great Escape – avoiding relegation out of The Football League despite starting the season with a 17-point deduction.

Under Eddie Howe, the Cherries saw off Chester City, Grimsby Town and Morecambe in their last three games of 2008/09 to stay up and, since then, they've gone from strength to strength.

Now Howe's men face Bolton Wanderers tonight knowing a win would move them within touching distance of the Premier League, three points clear in the Sky Bet Championship automatic promotion places with a far superior goal difference heading into the final weekend of the season.

Reflecting back on their Great Escape, and taking the Bolton game into consideration, the manager told the club's official website: “It’s a totally different scenario and set of emotions.

“When I think back to the Grimsby and Chester games, it wasn’t enjoyable and I didn’t relish those moments.

“It was a case of just trying to get the job done and looking to the future.

“I thought about the dire consequences and I didn’t want to be the guy who took the club into oblivion.

“Thankfully I had some amazing players who concentrated on the football and we are very grateful to them for the position we are in now.

“The core elements of how we are feeling now and then are the same, but we should embrace this challenge in a positive way.

“There are no real dire consequences at the end of it, even if we fail in our mission.

“We are all desperate to achieve success and that pressure is felt more than anything we could feel externally.”

Follow goal updates from Bournemouth's match with Bolton by following @SkyBetChamp on Twitter.

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