Eddie Howe pleased with Bournemouth's progress

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The Cherries were well beaten at the Etihad in November, losing 5-1.

As Bournemouth prepare to host Manchester City tomorrow, Eddie Howe has praised his side's vast improvement following on from the thrashing they received at The Etihad in October.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference reported by SkySports, the south-coast club's manager highlighted the importance of learning from that defeat:

"I think naturally we have moved on, hopefully for the better but that will be tested in the performance. That game last year was a difficult one for us. We conceded very early and when you go away it does make it more difficult. The key thing is we learned from that and we have become a better team for the experience."

Despite losing 3-0 at title-chasing Tottenham in their last Premier League outing, Howe talked up the confidence within the camp, whilst stating the importance of getting points on the board:

"I still feel the players are confident despite the Tottenham game, which was a really disappointing performance. We still feel as though we need results and points. I don't think we can afford to step off, and we will try and deliver."

At his press-conference, Howe also gave reporters an update on the progress of Callum Wilson, who has been out since September after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament:

"He has trained for a period of time. He's had a serious injury and he is feeling his way back in, and we're beginning to see more of the normal Callum now. I'm still slightly cautious with him because I'm thinking of his long-term future, and we don't want to rush him back at all. There's no pressure from our side, but we would love to see him step on the pitch before the end of the season."

Three league wins in a row at the beginning of March were vital in extraditing Bournemouth from a relegation scrap, and they will look to continue their good form against a City side desperately trying to regain their form. 

A win could see Bournemouth climb to 11th in the table, while City will be looking to keep distance between them and the chasing pack in the race for fourth spot. 

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