AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was pleased with his sides come back victory over Stoke City on Saturday.
The Cherries selected the same starting XI as the side that beat Premier League champions Chelsea 3-0 away from home in midweek.
But the home side fell behind to visitors Stoke after just five minutes when the smallest player in their side, Xherdan Shaqiri, was able to head home the opener, unmarked.
AFC Bournemouth then suffered a second blow less than ten minutes later when Steve Cook was withdrawn due to injury.
Great character again, another huge win! Gutted I had to come off but hopefully it won`t be to bad 🤞🏼🍒
? Steve Cook (@SteveCook28) February 3, 2018
Young central defender Jack Simpson was the obvious option if the Cherries were to stick with the 3-4-3 formation, but Howe instead brought on Joshua King and switched to 4-4-2 to chase the game.
But it wasn’t until another change on 60 minutes, with Lys Mousset coming on that saw AFC Bournemouth’s pressure turn the game.
10 minutes later and the Cherries were level, the industrious Dan Gosling getting a fortuitous assist to King who beat England goalkeeper Jack Butland in style.
Less than 10 minutes after that and AFC Bournemouth were ahead when Jordon Ibe’s cross was headed home by Mousset.
Howe told Sky Sports…
‘I think any win in the Premier League you take great satisfaction from. I don’t think you can judge them really, they’re all as special as each other and today was a totally different feel from the Chelsea game,
‘We weren’t great in the first period, we had to dig in and make sure we didn’t concede a second goal. We always back ourselves to finish strong here at home and get the crowd involved and that happened in the second half when we scored some good goals.
‘It is difficult in this division when you go behind with the quality of the players you’re playing against, breaking a team down, it is tough and we knew it was going to be difficult. Stoke are a very well organised team under Paul and they had a game plan and they played very well in the first half.
‘But we grew into the game as we proved and I thought we finished very strongly. The fitness levels are so good in this team and I think it showed again today.’
? Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 3, 2018
L.Cook and Gosling
The reason we won that game. They kept battling whilst Stoke hammered into tackles and held the midfield area. Gosling and Cook kept their nerve and their cool. Once Stoke’s intensity slipped just a tad, they up the gear and took control.
Finally all our creative players were given a platform to do their stuff, thanks to that central midfield duo. – Join the conversation here.
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