Date: 22nd August 2016 at 7:24am
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AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook was disappointed in the manner the Cherries lost away to West Ham United.

The Cherries had perhaps edged an even encounter at West Ham United’s new home at the Olympic Stadium.

It wasn’t the best performance from either side, but the Cherries had dominated possession at times, if unfortunately a little pedestrian.

West Ham had been limited to very few attempts on goal prior to Harry Arter’s sending off, which invited pressure on the away side, ultimately ending in a late winner for West Ham.

Cook told

‘It’s a massive kick in the teeth, We’ve worked on defending crosses all week. We let that cross come in and then he was there at the back stick.

‘We didn’t help Smithy out with the cross, he was one on one and then to have a free man at the back stick, that can’t happen at any level.’

‘The sending off was huge – it changed the game, I felt we were the stronger side in the second half, so it’s hard to take. I felt we were pushing to get the winner.

‘Even to have kept a clean sheet would have been brilliant. We need to learn quickly. Two games and no points, it’s very disappointing.’

Your Say…

Neil Dawson wrote…

Spend 70m more than Real Madrid…

In the last three transfer windows….

And bring on Lewis Grabban to turn the match around.

Clueless performance with our disastrous transfer dealings coming home to roost.

We used to protect a crap defence by endlessly attacking. We now sit back and let people attack the same crap defence.

We were better against them at Upton Park last year when they were much stronger.

An indication of the current poor coaching performance was the continual dismal set pieces.

Klopp wouldn’t play Ibe because he could not fit into any team pattern. Liverpool fans will all tell you he slowed the game right down. Our slick scouting system identified him as Ritchie’s replacement for the small amount of 15m. Incredible.

No shape, no desire, no system. The management team need to take a long hard look at what they have done pre season. Trying the first team out in a friendly may have helped.
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