Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is looking for his resurgent team to get in among the play-off contenders in the second half of the season.

A 2-1 victory at Scunthorpe saw his side extend their unbeaten run to 12 games since he returned to the club for his second spell in charge.

"I could not have wished for a better start and we are now closing in on the teams above us," he said.

"As a manager you always strive for perfection, and while you might never achieve that, I do feel we are moving in the right direction.

"There is still some work to be done, but I want us to be able to go anywhere in this division and believe we can come away with a win.

"I want us to develop that kind of arrogance, but in a nice, controlled way."

Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws searched for consolation after a seventh home defeat that left his side deep in relegation trouble.

"When you do get a penalty, you expect to score it, but we didn't with the first," he said. "Mike Grella wanted to take it and I would never criticise him for that. You have to be brave to want to step up and take a penalty.

"Then 30 seconds later Bournemouth go down the other end and make it 2-0, so it was a double whammy for us.

"In the past we might have buckled, but this time we didn't. We have done a lot of work with the players on the mental side of the game in the past couple of weeks and this shows me that it is paying dividends."