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Preview: Hartelpool United v AFC Bournemouth

By DavidBol  |  Posted: January 22, 2013

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Hartlepool United v AFC Bournemouth

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AFC Bournemouth hope to bounce back from two straight defeats when they visit Hartlepool United tonight.

The Cherries have not won since their 3-0 win over Crawley Town on December 29 - and have drawn three and lost two of their last five games.

Bournemouth will go into the game against the League One basement side as favourites, as they go in search for their first win of 2013.

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: "It's always been a tough place to go. It's right on the coast and the conditions can be blustery.

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"Having said that, we have to go there with a real belief and look to bounce back from Saturday.

"That was the first time we've had that losing feeling in the league and it's not nice. We desperately want to come back in the right manner and show the character that we have here."

Hartlepool are eight points adrift at the bottom of League One - twelve points from safety.

The Cherries do not have a good record at Victoria Park but could hand new singing Ryan Fraser a debut.

Bournemouth have injury concerns about Marc Pugh, Wes Thomas, Harry Arter and Richard Hughes.

Howe hopes his side can bounce back by focusing on the positives they have built.

"In any league it is tough to win away from home" added Howe.

"We have done reasonably well in the away games. Saturday was just a disappointing performance and hopefully we can put that to the back of our minds and focus on all the positives we have had in the past few months."

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