AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was frustrated by the Cherries second defeat in a week.
The Cherries have lost to both Middlesbrough and Sunderland ahead of the international week. Both sides have struggled to take all three points, with the wins over AFC Bournemouth Middlesbrough’s first home win of the season and Sunderland’s first win of the campaign.
Dan Gosling had given the Cherries the lead, finishing off an excellent move with a superb defence splitting pass from Junior Stanislas to set up Adam Smith for the cross.
However 20 minutes later with their first shot on target, Victor Anichebe defeated Artur Boruc after out muscling the Cherries defence.
AFC Bournemouth pushed forward to find a winner, creating numerous chances that had Pickford pulling off some excellent saves, whilst Junior Stanislas hit the post.
With 15 minutes remaining the body blow came when Adam Smith conceded a penalty with former AFC Bournemouth fan favourite Jermain Defoe stepping up to score the winner.
Howe told the afcb.co.uk…
‘We had enough chances, In the last two games we`ve had gilt-edged chances, we get six against Hull and look free scoring and full of confidence, to creating a hat full of chances and not finishing them off.
‘It was a hugely frustrating afternoon; we should have gone 2-0 ahead in the first-half as we had great opportunities.
‘They found a way back in it before the red card swung the game in our favour, we had a really good 15 minute spell after that where we battered their goal.
‘They couldn`t get out of their half and we couldn`t capitalise to get that killer touch we needed to win the game.’
‘By Premier League standards, Sunderland are absolute **** so that has to count as a really bad result.
Two weeks running we’ve taken teams apart and been unable to score. In another division I wouldn’t worry so much but in this one, there aren’t that many teams as poor as the last two we’ve played.
We’ve more than spent the Spurs point these past two weeks and have a little catching up to do or we’re going to get dragged downwards towards a battle.
Lots to work on over the break, hopefully we come back fresh and put the past couple of weeks behind us. – Join the conversation here.
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