AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe praised his defence following the Cherries 1-0 home victory over Premier League champions Leicester City.
The Cherries winner came from Marc Pugh, after the Dean Court favourite latched on to a rebound after Benik Afobe’s shot had been well saved at the near post by Leicester goalkeeper Robert Zieler.
Pugh ran off to celebrate in front of the south stand, exactly the same way that he did for his last goal at Dean Court, on that night against Bolton Wanderers when the Cherries clinched promotion to the Premier League in May 2015.
But the three points were sealed with a clean sheet, AFC Bournemouth’s fifth clean sheet of the season and that was thanks to the excellent work of the defence, especially Steve Cook with some crucial blocks and a fabulous reflex save from ‘keeper Artur Boruc.
Howe told Sky Sports…
‘We were playing the champions, we know their qualities and the lads did extremely well, We answered a few questions from a defensive perspective playing against Jamie Vardy and Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez given the quality they have.
‘We’ve kept a really important clean sheet with a heroic defensive display in the second half…’
‘…Cook’s tackle on Okazaki was worth a goal, it was an outstandingly well-time tackle. Not only that but Artur Boruc’s save at the end and Simon Francis block to follow that up with were crucial.
‘That was how we had to deal with Leicester and their long throws and set plays and we were magnificent in that respect.’
Nervy at times, but a real ground out result against a pretty one dimensional Leicester (champions though, lets not forget) Cook, Pugh and Wilshere stand out but a great all round performance, roll on Sunday !
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