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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Bournemouth boss's warning over previous thrashing of Carlisle United

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has told his players not to read anything into their previous thrashing of Carlisle United.

The Cherries are back at Brunton Park for today’s FA Cup clash just a month after they beat the Blues 4-2 in League One.

That day Howe’s side became one of three teams to score four at Carlisle’s ground in just over a month.

But the highly-rated manager, who has yet to taste defeat since his return to Bournemouth, says that win will have little bearing on today’s clash.

“It will be a difficult game and I don’t think you can read too much into the league game,” said Howe, whose side are unbeaten in 10.

“I think [Carlisle] have changed their system a bit since then and some personnel.

“They have brought in a couple of players and mixed their squad up a little bit.

“It won’t be easy. They are always tough games. Both teams will want to qualify and get through to the third round which is when it really starts.”

Howe, whose squad flew north yesterday, is without striker Lee Barnard, who is not allowed to play under the terms of his loan from Southampton. Harry Arter is banned, with Richard Hughes and Stephane Zubar doubtful with injury.

But Bristol City loan striker Brett Pitman is eligible to play. Frank Demouge, Eunan O’Kane, Wes Fogden, Joe Partington and Lorenzo Davids are competing for a call-up.

Former England keeper David James is again in the Cherries squad but Shwan Jalal got the nod in their previous FA Cup tie against Dagenham.

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