Surely Bournemouth are now safe from relegation?
The Cherries had found themselves slipping towards the danger zone following a dreadful run of results since the turn of the year, but the point earned at Manchester United in an incident-packed encounter – they played the entire second half with 10 men after Andrew Surman had been shown a red card – seems to have reinvigorated their season.
Since that game, Howe’s men have recorded back-to-back victories for the first time in the campaign to move up to 11th position on 33 points, nine clear of the relegation zone. Given the form of the teams below them, they are surely now safe and will extend their stay in the top-flight for another year.
That would be a remarkable achievement for club who most punters predicted would not last more than a season in the Premier League. Again, it underlines the sterling job done by Howe, who has answered his critics by taking seven points from a possible nine having previously been winless in eight matches.