AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe saw both the good and the bad from the performance away at Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Chelsea set a new club record of 12 consecutive victories against the Cherries at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.
Two goals from Pedro and one from Eden Hazard put Chelsea 9 points clear prior to Manchester City’s game later that evening.
AFC Bournemouth dropped to 13th and are now 9 points adrift of 7th and 7 points clear of the relegation places.
Howe told Sky Sports…
‘I’m looking to keep improving and to make sure you don’t stand still in this league because if you do, you’re going to lose games. So it is vitally important that we respond against Swansea in our next match,’
‘I thought we were well in the game. Obviously their quality was shown by their first goal which came out of nothing really that put us on the back foot but we responded really well to create a number of good chances which we didn’t take and unfortunately for us, the second goal is the decisive moment in the game.
‘We saw a lot of the ball. That was part of our idea to see as much of the ball as we could and frustrate them. Certain elements of that worked but we were a little bit careless in possession sometimes and certainly the players they have on the counter-attack and the threat they have, that’s not ideal.
‘In the main though, I thought we coped well but the key moments in the game went against us.’
First half, very good. Second half, hmm.
We absolutely matched them in the first half and were very unlucky to go in a goal down.
The pen right at the start of the second half killed the game for us though. After that Chelsea just sat back and said break us down and every time we lost the ball shot forward into all the space like lightning, with quality.
3-0 harsh considering the first half performance at least but we’ll play much worse in games and come away with a point or three.
I’m not sure Brad Smith looked all the comfortable in his position but fair dues to EH and JT. They tried something different and the team looked very well drilled in it. On another day, if Chelsea hadn’t been slightly fortunate to get clear daylight between us, it could have paid dividends. – Join the conversation here.
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