With five defeats in their last six games, Bournemouth are in danger of ending the season on a flat note and the rot needs to stop in Saturday's final home game, against West Brom.
While Eddie Howe's men have overachieved by comfortably surviving their first season in the Premier League, expectation levels remain high and the team really need a win before heading into their difficult second season in 2016-17.
At 7.23 p.m. on Saturday it was confirmed: AFC Bournemouth would again be a Premier League club next season.
On the runway of John Lennon Airport, the news came through that Norwich's 1-0 loss at Arsenal meant that Bournemouth could no longer drop to 18th place. No wild celebrations broke out as losing 2-1 at Everton, a third defeat in succession, had dampened the mood; manager Eddie Howe's brand of unrelenting ultra-professionalism has been infectious among players and staff.
Eddie Howe was mentioned as a potential successor to Everton's under-pressure Roberto Martinez but following Bournemouth's 2-1 defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday, those putting him forward may have to think again.
Howe has repeatedly confirmed his loyalty to the South Coast side and insists that he and his team, despite outperforming this season, still have lots to learn.
Signs of a season of maximum effort taking its toll were evident on Merseyside, as Howe's men slipped to a fifth defeat in six...