Eddie Howe: Bournemouth now the Championship's 'scalp'

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe first took charge of Bournemouth in 2008 when they were in the League Two relegation zone

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says his table-topping side are now the "scalp" wanted by the rest of the Championship.

A 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday put them top on goal difference from Middlesbrough, their next opponents.

"To win back-to-back games in this league is hard, but to win the amount we have and show the character to keep winning is a plus point," said Howe.

"It's going to get harder now, we're the scalp - everyone wants to beat us. None more so than Middlesbrough."

He told BBC Radio Solent: "It's going to be a really difficult game against a team bang in form. But I'd much rather be at the top than the bottom."

Tuesday's success at Hillsborough was secured by second-half goals from Andrew Surman and Ryan Fraser after Owls winger Royston Drenthe was sent off, and have the Cherries a club-record sixth successive second-tier win.

Cherries' six straight league wins
4 Oct v Bolton (A) W 2-1
18 Oct v Charlton (H) W 1-0
21 Oct v Reading (H) W 3-0
25 Oct v Birmingham (A) W 8-0
1 Nov v Brighton (H) W 3-2
4 Nov v Sheff Wed (A) 2-0

But midfielder Surman believes that other teams will now set out to break them down.

"We're the in-form team in the league and on our day we can be a dangerous side," he said. "Teams are going to try and stop you playing and find your weaknesses.

"Even though we aren't playing as well as we have, we're still finding ways to win games."

Bournemouth travel to the Riverside on Saturday to face a side fresh from a 4-0 victory over Norwich, but Howe believes his side should not be fazed by the task.

"I always feel Middlesbrough are a tough team to play, especially this season when they have been ruthless in defence and have added goals to their game," he said.

"We're expecting a tough battle, but one we can enjoy. It's first and second, we should hold no fear; these are the games you work so hard to be in."