Cherries desperate for points as they face Crawley Town for the first time
AFC Bournemouth will be desperately seeking three points as they visit Crawley Town for the first ever time tonight.
Pressure is mounting on the Cherries - who have only managed one win in their first eight league games. Fans protested outside The Soldsands Stadium following Saturday's defeat against Walsall, calling on manager Paul Groves to be sacked.
However, Groves has received the backing from chairman Eddie Mitchell - and the Cherries boss will be looking to turn things around at The Broadfield Stadium.
The Dorset side will be without Simon Francis, Richard Hughes, Marc Pugh, Shaun MacDonald and Harry Arter - meaning Lorenzo Davids and Frank Demouge could feature despite playing their first 90 minutes of the season against Walsall.
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Cherries striker Matt Tubbs could get the chance to feature against his former side - where he spent two years, and scored 49 goals.
"We have to go to Crawley and be thoroughly professional and play in a way which we believe in" said Groves.
"We have to control the opposition with our football. It will be a tough game, there is no doubt about it.
"There is a degree of pressure on us like in any game, because we want to win. With our last two results, that puts more of an urgency for us to get a result and that is something we have to handle."
Crawley are likely to be without former Cherries player, Shaun Cooper. The 28-year-old is set to miss tonight's clash with a groin injury.
The Red Devils have made a bright start to the season, and currently sit in seventh place in League One following Saturday's 2-0 win over Carlisle.
"If anyone has seen the players and the way they train on a regular basis, you can see the quality we have there" added Groves.
"They have shown that they have the ability, we now need to transfer that in to the games."