AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe found it hard to find any positives following the 3-0 defeat to League One side Millwall in the FA Cup.
Howe, as he has done in the past in both cup competitions made sweeping changes for the FA Cup third round fixture.
Summer signings Marc Wilson, Brad Smith, Emerson Hyndman, Jordon Ibe and Lys Mousset were all handed rare starts whilst development squad member Jordan Lee also joined the Cherries starting XI alongside usual fringe players Adam Federici, Tyrone Mings, Marc Pugh and Lewis Grabban.
AFC Bournemouth vice captain Andrew Surman was the only regular in the starting line-up and he is returning from injury.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘…I don`t think we turned up here and didn`t know what to expect, or that the players didn`t give their best. But it was a very difficult game to watch.
“It`s difficult to speak glowingly about people on the back of that performance…
‘…I think a reason for that would be the number of summer signings we`ve made and put together in the team. They haven`t quite gelled.
“I expected that earlier in the season. When you get to this point you`d have expected better cohesion from the team…”
Eddie should apologise
Now I love Eddie Howe as much as the next man, but I think he really should apologise for (the Millwall game) debacle. it would help defuse the anger a lot of us feel having wasted time and money.
He doesn’t even have to mean it. For instance I might apologise for hurting someone’s feelings for suggesting they could lose a little weight when I am really thinking ‘jesus christ, your **** affects the tides’. But the point is it takes little effort and we would all revert to worshipping the ground he walks on. – Join the conversation here.
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