Howe hails second-half hammering

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was delighted the way his side upped their game in the second half of their 4-0 thrashing of Port Vale.

Vale had dominated the opening 45 minutes but the Cherries came out fighting after the interval to inflict a damaging blow to their opponents' play-off hopes. And with promotion already secured, Howe was happy his team did not ease off their pace.

He said: "I thought Port Vale were the better team in the first half but we did not concede when we were under pressure. We upped our game by 50 per cent after the break and I thought we were much improved."

However, the Cherries boss admitted he has some decisions to make over the future of his players as they prepare for life in the third tier.

"We've had the same group of players for the best part of two years and I've got some difficult decisions to make in the next couple of weeks because we need to strengthen the squad," he added.

Howe has seen his stock soar during his time in the Cherries hotseat after saving the club from relegation last season before their promotion exploits this campaign.

But the 32-year-old was coy on reports linking him with other clubs - insisting he was happy at the south coast outfit and was looking to build his squad for their League One challenge.

He added: "There is always a time for some fresh faces and now that we have got promotion this is it.

"I know my name is linked with other clubs but I don't want to go anywhere else. This is a special place for me and I am loving it.

"We can finish as runners-up if we go to Chesterfield for our last game next week and get a win there. It's in our hands."

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