AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe wants his side to shake off their tendency to ‘start to play’ after going behind.
The Cherries came from behind twice against Watford on Saturday, after starting brightly, Watford took the lead from a deflected effort that beat Asmir Begovic.
A bizarre moment literally handed the Cherries a chance to equalise before half time when Jose Holebas punched the ball out of play with little danger.
Joshua King dispatched the penalty.
Another deflected effort early in the second half from Roberto Pereyra beat Begovic to restore the lead, a lead that lasted until stoppage time when substitute Jermain Defoe scored the equaliser.
The character of this squad never ceases to amaze me. No matter how good or bad the performance, we never give up and keep fighting to the end. Buzzing for @IAmJermainDefoe doing what he does best ????????Thank you to all our travelling fans ????????????
— Marc Pugh (@MarcPugh7) March 31, 2018
Since the turn of the year that was the 12th point earned in a game that AFC Bournemouth had previously been behind in.
Howe told Sky Sports…
‘It’s something we’ve developed as our calling-card, late in the season, It’s a great thing to have in your armoury to not know when we’re beaten, but it can’t be in our psyche to go behind and then start to play…’
‘…We started well, we didn’t take our early chances and went 1-0 down and deservedly got level. We deserved to be behind after half-time and didn’t start well, but we showed our character when Jermain popped up with a great finish.’
Who you gonna call… ????☎️????????
— Jermain Defoe (@IAmJermainDefoe) March 31, 2018
‘We’re not safe yet. We still feel we’ve got more points to get, and games to play. Everyone will ask me what we need, we don’t know – we just want to win the next game.’
Sadly, Fraser was at fault for both goals. The first one he was caught out of position from which they got the corner they scored from. The second goal, well, the Deeney thing was almost comical. Not really his fault, he isn’t a right-back. The lack of cover at RB is something been highlighted time and again on here. This time EH and JT have to take this on the chin. That was imminently winnable today and suspect with a specialist RB we may well have done.