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Eddie Howe has told Bournemouth to hold their attacking nerve to end their pointless Premier League start.

Howe admitted the Cherries have had their passing-game confidence knocked by four defeats in their first four league encounters.

Now Bournemouth host promoted Brighton on Friday night in a must-win clash, with long-serving boss Howe insistent his players are close to hitting their straps.

Eddie Howe has urged his players to stick with their passing style of play despite poor results

Eddie Howe has urged his players to stick with their passing style of play despite poor results

Howe's Bournemouth have lost their opening four Premier League matches this season

Howe's Bournemouth have lost their opening four Premier League matches this season

Refusing to accept his players' attitude has slipped at the start of their third straight top-flight campaign, Howe said: 'It's about going back to basics for us now. (We need) to get the fundamentals of our game functioning.

'Historically we've always been very, very good with the ball, very confident, and we haven't quite seen that and that's the most concerning thing. I wouldn't question the attitude of my players, yes the performances but never the attitude.

'You see trends, you see the attitude and how we want to work and want to win. That's all there. They haven't lost that, we just haven't delivered on game day. That's frustrating for them, frustrating for me. Absolutely we've got to keep our nerve, and I don't think it's far away from

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