AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe wasn’t overly pleased with the prospect of an FA Cup third round replay following a draw with Wigan Athletic.
The Cherries came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with League One leaders Wigan.
The two sides previously met in the FA Cup a little over four years ago. At the time Wigan were in the Premier League and went on to win the competition. The Cherries were in the third tier.
This season and it is the Cherries in the top flight and Wigan in the third tier.
Howe, as expected for a cup fixture made numerous changes to his starting XI.
Artur Boruc was named in goal with a strong defensive back four of Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake and at left back Brad Smith returned from injury.
In midfield, Andrew Surman and Ryan Fraser were joined by Emerson Hyndman and Connor Mahoney.
Up front Benik Afobe supported Lys Mousset.
The Cherries were 2-0 down by half time with Will Grigg scoring the opener and a goal that has been accredited as an own goal following a deflection by Hyndman.
On 55 minutes Mousset scored his first AFC Bournemouth goal to get the Cherries back into the game and in the second minute of stoppage time Steve Cook rose tallest to grab a late equaliser.
Howe told afcb.co.uk…
‘It was a good game and Wigan, no surprise, are a good team. They started well and we were slow out of the traps. At 2-0 down, it`s always hard to come back so credit to the players on that front.
‘Conceding early didn`t help the confidence levels nor the feeling in the stadium. We didn`t take our chances to level up, then they scored a deflected free-kick and we`re 2-0 down all of a sudden.
‘We were better in the second half and we applied more pressure, but we didn`t quite get our rhythm going. We created plenty of chances and should`ve won the game, but we weren`t clinical enough…’
‘…The replay isn`t ideal for us or them, but it is what it is and we want to be in the competition so we have to go and try to win the game.
First half goes down as one of the most disappointing in a long time.
Second half we looked like we cared more. Unlucky not to score more.
Boruc, Surman and Afobe need to take a look at themselves. Smith at least improve (his dive was a bit embarrassing though).
Fraser deserves big credit. He was one of the few who cared first half, then second half when asked to play an even more physically demanding role at wing back he ran himself into the ground. Got up and down so much, indeed inches from scoring the winner at the death. He must be shattered, after all his league game time recently as well. What a bloke – Join the conversation here.
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