ALBION have been backed by Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe to complete the task of staying up in their first season in the Premier League.

Chris Hughton’s Seagulls are trying to emulate Howe’s side, who survived two seasons ago from a similar position.

Albion are 12th with 23 points after Monday’s 2-2 draw against Bournemouth at the Amex.

The Cherries were 15th with 24 points at the corresponding stage of their debut campaign in the Premier League.

They went on to finish 16th with 42 points, five clear of relegation.

Howe told The Argus: “I think they (Albion) have done very well. I said before the game – and my comments were genuine – I think Chris has managed the club very well.

“They have done well in the transfer market.

“They look strong, they are picking up points.

“That is not always easy to do in the Premier League. Where ever they go they are competitive.

“It was a really tight game between two teams that were really going for the win, so I think they will be fine.”