AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was disappointed with the goal conceded against Premier League champions Chelsea.
The Cherries suffered a narrow defeat to Chelsea at Dean Court on Saturday evening, the only goal of the game came when a long ball over the top caught Simon Francis out. He was unable to stretch to make a block and the ball fell to Hazard who beat Asmir Begovic at his near post.
It was enough to secure all three points for Chelsea, however the tight scoreline had kept the Cherries in the game with the most notable chances falling to Jordon Ibe and Steve Cook.
AFC Bournemouth have now lost to Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City by a single goal this season.
The Cherries remain second from bottom in the Premier League, having played five of the current top seven in their opening ten games of the campaign.
AFC Bournemouth’s next five fixtures are Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town, Swansea City, Southampton and Crystal Palace.
Howe told Sky Sports…
‘These performances can be misleading; they hurt you, It’s a crisis in the Premier League when you lose one game. It’s a commonly used word.
‘We are concerned, of course we are. We have a key run of games coming up next month, particularly when you look at the games in December. We know this…’
‘…We were too passive and stood off Chelsea too much, a dangerous game to play…’
‘…It wasn’t just a goalkeeping error. It was a really poor goal. They had a lot of the ball, we plugged gaps and threw our bodies in the way, but to then concede from our goal-kick with a couple of errors thrown in. That was hugely disappointing.’
Personally happy with our adjustment for the bigger teams, keeping ourselves in a game for longer, we’ve been unfortunate. Aside from giving us respectable showings, it should result in some points picked up against them sooner than later, very unfortunate on that front so far. Also it’ll help us out at times when we want to he robust against lesser sides as well. We’d have to score some goals against them first of course. We need to he good at making that transition, back to the usual attacking way for the games we now have.
Tight call between Ake, Surman, or Daniels for MOTM for me. Memories of Steve Cook classy goals flashed through my mind with that late chance, our best of the game, but tamely squandered.
Lewis Cook had a harder game against physically dominate Chelsea midfielders, stronger and quicker. Surman used all his experience as well as his good form and coped, but Cook will learn from today. Second half had him finding his feet.
Defoe offers nothing with our system and what we look for in forwards. A costly mistake I fear. King, Wilson, and hopefully Afobe isn’t too badly hurt. We need them now more than ever to be firing in these upcoming games. Defoe to be a bench option only please. – Join the conversation here.
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