Caretaker manager Gary O’Neil has revealed that he is “working on” AFC Bournemouth “causing teams more problems” in the coming weeks.
Scott Parker was sacked in August after the Cherries were hammered 9-0 by Liverpool. O’Neil has been able to steady the ship over the past couple of months. He has overseen a four-game unbeaten run.
Yet only one of those matches has ended in victory with this win coming over Nottingham Forest. Goals at home also remain rare.
Last time out, O’Neil’s side drew 0-0 against Brentford. He thinks his side should have been awarded a penalty in the stalemate.
Bournemouth have not scored at the Vitality Stadium since the opening day of the season two months ago, although O’Neil thinks that statistic is an unfair reflection of reality.
O’Neil said: “I think two months is very misleading because we had one home game called off and one was against Arsenal that is obviously going to be tough to score in, and I wasn’t taking the team at that point.
“So we failed to score against Wolves and Brentford at home, which obviously is what it is.
“We’re working at it and the boys have really brought something in the last few weeks that has given us a chance to be competitive in every game. We hope to stay like that.
“Of course we want to cause teams more problems than we have going forward, but not at the expense of causing ourselves problems.”
Bournemouth host a Leicester City side that finally secured their first win of the season at the eighth attempt when they beat Nottingham Forest on Monday.
James Maddison put in a stellar performance as Brendan Rodger’s side won 4-0 to move off the bottom of the table. This was their first win of the 2022/23 campaign.
O’Neil expects the Foxes to pick up now having been surprised by their slow start to the campaign.
“Having watched all their games, they were very unfortunate to be on one point before the Forest game,” he said.
“Against Man Utd they were dominant, controlled the ball, a really good side. They were very, very good away at Tottenham and lost very late on. They’re a very, very good team.
“The result against Nottingham Forest didn’t surprise me. I thought that was coming for them. I expected them to turn it around and I don’t expect them to be anywhere near the bottom of the table come the end of the season.
“They’ve got a top coach, top players. Looking at how they’ve played the last few weeks, it’s going to be a real test for us.”