November 20, 2012
Penalty poser for Howe
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.9||0.9|
|Goals against *||0.9||1.3|
|Last 5 home||W-W-W-W-L||L-L-W-W-L|
|Last 5 away||D-W-W-W-W||L-D-D-L-L|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: AFC Bournemouth | Stevenage|
Eddie Howe's in-form Bournemouth came through their fifth successive win unscathed and have no injury worries ahead of the visit of Stevenage.
The Cherries put Oldham to the sword on Saturday, running out 4-1 winners without picking up any knocks, with Simon Francis coming through 90 minutes despite being a big pre-match doubt.
One decision Howe has ahead of the visit of Gary Smith's men to the south coast is his penalty taker of choice. Harry Arter's spot-kick was saved by Oldham keeper Dean Bouzanis on Saturday with Lewis Grabban completing his hat-trick from the rebound, leaving the Cherries boss with a decision to make.
"Lewis wanted to take it which was understandable because he was on a hat-trick,'' Howe said. "But I am pleased Arter took it because he had scored our last one.
"You have to think of the team in a situation like that and I am glad their argument was civilised. I will have to think about who takes the next one.''
Filipe Morais is suspended for Stevenage's trip.
The Portuguese midfielder collected his fifth booking of the season in Saturday's disappointing 4-1 defeat to Sheffield United and is now unavailable.
Summer signing Lee Hills is set to continue in defence after shrugging off a thigh problem to make his long-awaited debut at Bramall Lane, while former Leeds winger Robbie Rogers and striker Don Cowan have recovered from their respective hamstring injuries and could earn recalls.
Despite requesting a loan move away from the club last month, six-goal midfielder Robin Shroot was back in the squad against the Blades and, although he was an unused substitute, he could be given a starting role.
Defender Jon Ashton is likely to be on the sidelines until Christmas with an Achilles injury.