Eddie Howe admits Bournemouth's early injury scares came close to derailing his side's maiden season in the Premier League.
Tommy Elphick, Callum Wilson and Harry Arter, who were key parts of the Cherries' Championship-winning season, were all ruled out for large parts of the season after succumbing to early injuries, along with new signings Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings.
And Howe, whose successful tenure on the south coast has seen him linked with a move away from the Vitality Stadium, admits that having so many players on the sidelines has proved a challenge.
He told the Bournemouth Echo: “It was a huge blow to lose these players and the worry I had was the effect it would have on the rest of the squad."
But with Bournemouth securing a second season in the top flight, the 38-year-old insists his side deserve credit for showing the positivity to move on from their injury woes and win football matches, a trait that Howe believes runs throughout the squad.
He continued: "When you are in the moment, there is nothing positive to be gained form highlighting the fact you are missing some key players.
"We wanted to to carry on and to try and get the best out of the players we had available. that has always been our method of working.
"The guys who have been fit all season have been an absolute credit to the football club."
Saturday sees Bournemouth host West Bromwich Albion for their final home game of the season, where they will look to end a run of three consecutive defeats.