AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was content to take a point away to local neighbours Southampton.
For 70 minutes of the match the home side were by far the better team, with the Cherries lacking intensity and unable to build much possession.
AFC Bournemouth however still had their chances to upset the home side, with a scramble from a corner resulting with the ball being cleared off the line and Benik Afobe missing a great chance when one on one with the goalkeeper.
The Cherries also had a late chance to take all the points when AFC Bournemouth were awarded a controversial penalty.
However on the same spot that England and Tottenham striker Harry Kane slipped due to the turf ripping up underneath him, the same happened to Harry Arter who had taken responsibility for the Cherries with Joshua King substituted.
Howe told afcb.co.uk…
‘First half – I’m very honest in my reflection or I try to be – we weren’t great. We hung in and defended very well, but in the second half we really did impress and played very well.
‘We improved and looked better physically the longer the game went on, the substitutes made an impact and we should have won with the quality of the chances we made.’
Speaking to the Daily Echo Howe added…
“There`s two ways of looking at it. You could look at the two points we haven`t got, but I prefer to look at the one point we have and respect that.
“You can`t be too disappointed coming here and getting a point. It edges us closer to where we want to be and there`s no point sitting here being negative as that`s four games unbeaten and we can keep building momentum.”
Eddie said in the last few days that he thinks we now have a good balance between attack and defence. Certainly a few weeks ago we all know we were taking ages to get the ball forward, people were complaining we only had shots in the last 5 minutes, and we were taking loads of risks on the ball in dangerous areas. If we weren’t putting opponents under much pressure, the pressure on our defence was redoubled.
It was the Man U game where we switched to 4-4-2, though it obviously didn’t last long, so it wasn’t just against worse teams that Eddie wanted to be more attacking.
We are clearly mixing it up more now, SOMETIMES getting it up to Josh and Benik quickly with long balls, and that probably makes best use of their attributes. Ar the same time we have kept key opponents quiet – Carroll and Sigurdsson had no influence on the West Ham and Swansea games at all. – Join the conversation here.
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