Howe calls on Bournemouth to improve home form next season

The Cherries, despite securing Premier League safety, look set to finish the season with the second worst home record in the division.

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has challenged his side to improve their home record in the Premier League next season.

The Cherries travel to Old Trafford on the last day having already secured their top-flight status for another season, despite having the second worst home record in the division.

Howe has seen his side take 20 points from their 19 games at the Vitality Stadium, including five wins, with only bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa having a worse home record.

In contrast, their form away from the south coast has been far more successful, with the team boasting the 11th best record on the road in the league.

But while fortunes on the road have helped ensure a positive end to his side's maiden Premier League season, Howe admits that earning results in front of their own fans is a big area for improvement heading into next season.

Assessing his team's season, he told the Bournemouth Daily Echo: “Can do better would be my summing up and, next season, we will probably have to do better if we want to move the club forward.

"It may well have been the fewest number of home wins but look at the teams we were playing. We had never played some of the clubs we have this season so that is a statistic which is in line with being in the Premier League.

"The objective has been reached and hit. Don't get me wrong, we want to win in front of our supporters. That is one of the first things you want to do.

"How we improve our home form is a puzzle for us to try to solve for next season."

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