AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was disappointed with the way his side started against Leeds United on Tuesday night.
The Cherries had gone into the game hoping to win for the first time in the clubs history at Elland Road and in the process set a new club record for the most points earned away from home in a second tier season.
Eddie Howe’s side would also have gone four points clear at the top of the Championship, but instead the side slipped to their second defeat in three matches.
Luke Murphy’s long range effort which beat the returning Artur Boruc proved to be enough to take the points, whilst the Cherries were left to rue referee Oliver Langford’s decision to disallow Brett Pitman’s legitimate equaliser for a an incorrect offside decision by the linesman.
With four minutes remaining the Cherries were handed a lifeline when Giuseppe Bellusci was sent off for fouling Callum Wilson.
Yann Kermorgant stepped up to take the penalty, but his effort clipped the top of the crossbar.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“We created a number of chances in the second half and a couple at the end of the first half when we finished very strongly.
“But the big disappointment for us was the way we started and the way we gave Leeds a chance to get their crowd behind them early in the game. Our game-plan had been to quieten the crowd and try to make a fast start but they put us under pressure and I thought they played well in the first half…’
‘…I thought we got into some great attacking positions and some of our forward play was very strong but for the final part. Our record would say we have been very strong in that department and it`s unlike us. The penalty summed up our night in front of goal.
“They scored a good goal and, unfortunately for us, it just seemed like one of those nights when the ball wouldn`t go in.”
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