Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists his side are still not certain of safety despite moving 13 points clear of the drop zone.

The Cherries beat relegation rivals Swansea City 3-2 at The Vitality Stadium this afternoon to record back to back Premier League home wins for the first time this season.

This was their third consecutive win and takes them up to 13th place in the Premier League table.

But boss Howe, however, believes there is still more work to do.

“It was a good game for the neutral today,” Howe told afcb.co.uk.

“I’m not going to say ‘yes, we’re safe,’ nothing has been decided today. There is still more to do and we have some tough fixtures coming up.

But it was another big win for us, Swansea are a good side who play the game the right way and are well managed. They’ve had a disruptive couple of weeks but they showed good character not only to bounce back from that but to going behind twice.”

Goals from Josh King, Max Gradel and a second in three games for defender Steve Cook were enough to see off a valiant Swans, and Howe has heaped praise on his goalscorers.

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“I’m so pleased for Max,” Howe continued.

“The way he came back shows he’s made of special stuff. I wasn’t expecting Max to run to me either!”

Joshua was terrific as well. He’s a good lad with terrific temperament, he’s worked hard and been patient to get the goals his performances have deserved.”

Swansea boss Alan Curtis has rued his sides ‘individual mistakes’ after twice coming from behind but still leaving the south coast with nothing.

“It’s disappointing,” admitted Curtis. We clawed ourselves back twice, but individual errors cost us.” He told swanseacity.net.

But Curtis believes it could have gone either way.

“Overall, I felt it was two teams trying to play the game on the floor, and I don’t think either side had the ascendancy. The game was going back and forth.

At 2-2, I thought we might be able to go on and win it, but we conceded again, which was really frustrating.”

Bournemouth are now just two points short of that famous 40 point safety mark with eight games to play.

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