AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was disappointed with the manner of the defeat to local neighbours Southampton.
Southampton were on a run of form that had seen them go many months without a victory in the Premier League, defeat to the Cherries would have seen them on the cusp of relegation to the Championship.
The Cherries were aiming to win their final three games of the season and break their own club record for a points return in the top flight of English football.
But instead, individual errors and a lacklustre and below par performance virtually gifted Southampton the three points.
AFC Bournemouth are now unable to beat the points tally of 46 points which was set last season and now have won just once in ten league outings.
Howe told Sky Sports…
“The goals we conceded were big mistakes and we got punished for them, I am disappointed with how we played.”
“It was a game that we could have won if we had played like we can do, but we didn’t. We were disappointed with our attacking play in both halves.
Speaking to afcb.co.uk he added…
“The spirit is there and the will to do well is there, but we complicated the game and made too many individual mistakes, which I think were optimised by the goals we conceded.
“I think the two decisions on the edge of the box cost us in that respect. We have been vulnerable on the break in recent weeks, so that’s something that we need to go and reflect on.
I detected that Eddie was really emotional and hurt by the performance today. I think he will realise now that there is a significant degree of complacency in the squad and believe he will start to address this – although his immediate options are limited. Maybe Smith and Mings back in the team would go some way to fixing things in the short term. I think the club probably needs a “Mr Nasty’ somewhere in the coaching structure that can snuff out the complacency that has been clear at times in each of the last three seasons. – Join the conversation