Howe: Boruc imperative to survival

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has praised much-maligned goalkeeper Artur Boruc for his recent form between the sticks.

The Poland international has often been criticised by fans for his erratic performances and inconsistency, but he has been in inspiring form since returning from injury in December.

Boruc has conceded just 10 goals in nine games for the Cherries this season, which includes wins against Manchester United and Chelsea.

“For me, he [Boruc] was one of the key reasons why we improved so much last season,” Howe told the Daily Echo.

“I thought he was absolutely crucial in giving us confidence to attack and win games like we did.

“Every career has its ups and downs and it’s about how you respond to those downs that is the making of the man.

“Artur has responded so well this season. He has been pivotal for us in recent times. He has made some world-class saves and we are going to need that again between now and the end of the season.

“We are going to need him in his best form to achieve our objectives.”

Boruc has kept 22 clean-sheets in the 59 games for Howe’s side since his arrival from Southampton in 2014.