Date: 5th February 2017 at 8:15am
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe refused to blame his sides defensive injury crisis for the result against Everton.

The Cherries were without both first choice full backs in left back Charlie Daniels and right back Adam Smith for the trip to Goodison Park.

The Cherries conceded inside the opening 30 seconds of the match against Everton on Saturday and would finish the first half 3-0 down following two goals from Romelu Lukaku either side of James McCarthy’s effort.

Howe made two changes at half time including substituting captain Simon Francis who had suffered a slight hamstring injury.

This left Steve Cook as the only ‘first choice’ option in AFC Bournemouth’s defence.

The Cherries fought back to 3-2 with a brace from Joshua King, but Everton doubled their goals for the afternoon in the final seven minutes, Romelu Lukaku ended the game with four goals, whilst Ross Barkley scored Everton’s sixth.

It was the Cherries fifth defeat in eight games, a period where AFC Bournemouth have conceded 22 goals.

Howe told Sky Sports

‘From half-time (against Everton) we were missing three of our regular back four, When you lose the spine of your team it’s very difficult to handle. It is what it is and we have to get on with it. This league is incredibly tough. You go from week to week and every game is very difficult.

‘We know the battle that we are in and we need to try and get back on track as quickly as we possibly can.’

Your Say…

langham wrote…

Transfers – Eddie lost the plot

This crisis was avoidable. Passivity in the transfer window may cost us dear. No adequate Centre Backs available anywhere? …it’s just not plausible.

Or does anyone have info to show that we really did make an effort to bring in fresh blood? I fear that our manager and his scouting team got things very wrong – again. The goals against column tells its own story.
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