AFC Bournemouth travelled to Merseyside to take on Everton, hoping to turn around a disappointing run of results.
But despite being the better side for the majority of the first half, the Cherries did not make their pressure count, with David Brooks coming the closest hitting the post.
In the end, the home side got two goals and the three points.
A decent first half from AFC Bournemouth but without a striker (top goalscorer Callum Wilson absent with a hamstring injury) the Cherries were always going to be in trouble if Everton scored first.
That was a dreadful Everton team who employed some pretty heavy-handed tactics but they were still able to beat us fairly comfortably in the end.
Have to agree with others on the AFCB Vital forum that Lys Mousset and Jordon Ibe just aren’t options that improve the team during a match. Joshua King cannot play as a striker and is way off his best form, Junior Stanislas is frustratingly inconsistent and the decision to play Adam Smith out of position in front of Charlie Daniels and Diego Rico shows AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe’s confidence in both of those players at the moment.
We are off colour at the moment and Eddie needs to win a few players over and show them some faith.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk…
“It’s a difficult one to take and one that is similar to our recent run. Personally, I’m really pleased with our performance.
“We started strongly, created chances, defended well and then we switched off for a second and got punished. The game is then more difficult. We penned them in but couldn’t get that goal…”
“…We saw a really committed team performance today and both individually and collectively we were very good. I think we have to take a lot of confidence from the performance, not the result. If we play like that again, we can take confidence the points will come…”