Howe eyes play-off place

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is looking for his resurgent team to get in among the play-off contenders in the second half of the season.

Last Updated: 08/12/12 at 20:41

Howe: Delighted

Howe: Delighted

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A 2-1 victory at Scunthorpe saw his side extend their unbeaten run to 12 games since he returned to the club for his second spell in charge.

"I could not have wished for a better start and we are now closing in on the teams above us," he said.

"As a manager you always strive for perfection, and while you might never achieve that, I do feel we are moving in the right direction.

"There is still some work to be done, but I want us to be able to go anywhere in this division and believe we can come away with a win.

"I want us to develop that kind of arrogance, but in a nice, controlled way."

It was a fourth away win of the season for the Cherries who struck twice in three minutes in the first half to take control.

Leading marksman Lewis Grabban fired them ahead after 27 minutes with his eighth goal of the season.

Then, on the half hour, midfielder Wes Fogden notched his second goal in two games, blocking a clearance and then seeing the ball rebound back past keeper Steve Mildenhall.

Two harsh penalties gave Scunthorpe a chance to save the game, but Mike Grella missed the first before Karl Hawley netted a consolation from the spot.

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