Despite AFC Bournemouth’s fourteen game unbeaten streak coming to an end against Norwich earlier this month, Eddie Howe’s side has sat at the top of the Championship table for the majority of 2015.
Cameron Jerome’s late winner for the 10-man Canaries saw the visitors record their first away win since September.
Former Hamilton boss Alex Neil took charge of Norwich after Neil Adams decided to part company with the club mutually.
Despite Jonny Howson’s red card and a shake-up in the Norwich dugout, Howe’s men were unable to put their advantage to good use, and the game ended 1-2.
Speaking after the defeat to Norwich, Howe said he needed no reminding as to how tough the Championship is.
“It is a reminder for everybody that we have to be at our best to win, every single week.
“If anyone needed reminding of the quality of the division and how difficult it is to win at this level consistently, it was highlighted today really.
“You can’t have total dominance, you’ve got to earn that.”
Bournemouth’s previous unbeaten run in the Championship lasted just six games, with their most recent effort lasting over double the previous record.
“There’s no negativity in my mind. We can use this as a positive, we can refocus everyone’s mind-set that
it’s incredibly difficult to go on that unbeaten run we’ve been on.”
After the defeat to the Canaries, Howe reflected appreciatively on the run his side managed to maintain.
“It has taken incredible mentality from the players to achieve that and it might just bring everyone’s expectations down slightly to say we’re going to have to be at out best to win games.”
The majority of Championship games reach full capacity at the Goldsands, and with the Cherries in high flying form, Howe has urged the crowd to really spur his side on, and cheer them on to continue the promotion push:
The Cherries manager added: “We’re going to need the crowds support through tough times to make sure we continue the success we had.”