AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes it was almost the complete performance against Everton.
The Cherries came into the game following a heavy defeat to Manchester City and then a cup upset with a 3-2 defeat to Championship Preston North End.
Howe was wanting a response from his side, despite his starting XI involving none of the starting XI that had been previously selected against Preston in the EFL Cup.
Meanwhile, Everton arrived at Dean Court second in the Premier League after enjoying a successful start to the 2016/17 campaign.
The Cherries work rate was exceptional and the three points were wrapped up with a 25 yard strike from Junior Stanislas.
Howe told Sky Sports…
‘It was our best performance of the season so far – all parts of our team functioned, We haven’t had the complete performance yet, there’s been bits and halves, but (against Everton) was for 90 minutes. We worked incredibly hard and showed the passion and enthusiasm you need to win games.
‘It’s very pleasing to see players respond from a setback because it’s very easy to do it when you’re in a great moment. It’s been a tough week with two tough defeats but the players had to dig deep and they did it in style.’
‘3 Best Evers
I make it a rule not to post immediately after a game as frustration or euphoria make poor tools for judging a performance.
Anyway – in the cold light of day I still think as I thought yesterday:
1/ that was our best ever result, given the standard of the League, of the opposition and most important their recent form – this was no demotivated and lethargic Chelsea or Man U decimated by injury and filled with kids.
2/ that was our best ever performance – given all of the above but also the quality of our play across the pitch. Mesmerising at times, filled with passion, pace and panache. A cracking goal, some excellent defending and especially the saves by Boruc.
3/ I have had the privilege of seeing some excellent players over the years, with Bishop and Blissett the stand outs for me but many other fine players along the way. Yesterday I saw without doubt the best – and I mean ‘head and shoulders’ above the rest performance I have ever seen from a ‘Cherry’. To perform at the level he did for 95 minutes, against a seriously talented Everton midfield has to eclipse anything that has gone before. Harry Arter was nothing short of sensational and to excel at PL level in that way it had to be World Class.
Granted I’m usually generous in my player marks but how could you not award Arter a 10 – yes I know that is perfection but when did he put a foot wrong ? That Motson and MOTD highlighted him only adds to the case. Ozil and De Bruyne are 2 of my favourite PL players and of definite World Class but yesterday was as good as most performances I have seen from either of those. – Join the conversation here.
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