AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was pleased with his sides performance during the 1-0 victory over Stoke City.
The only goal of the game came via on loan Chelsea utility player Nathan Ake.
The Dutch Under 21 international hadn’t started a Premier League game since making his move to the south coast on a full season loan.
But with Adam Smith suspended, Howe opted to move captain Simon Francis from centre back to right back, shift Steve Cook over from the left side of central defence to the right and bring in Nathan Ake on the left side of central defence.
Ake put in a spirited performance at the back and capped off his full debut with a goal, heading home a Junior Stanislas cross.
Howe told Sky Sports…
‘It’s nice to be able to celebrate in front of your fans who made the long journey. We thoroughly deserved it, it was a really good display, we were well worthy winners today.
‘To come here, a tough ground, and to get the win, is really pleasing.
‘I’m a massive fan of (Ake), I said that when we signed him and I’m the same now, the difficulty is the back four has performed very well. He scored the goal and didn’t put a foot wrong today.’
Roger East did his best to spoil our day, but our lads weren’t having it and battling on to the win regardless. And it was a battle if a win, the sort of game Bournemouth rarely win. A testament to this squads resolve and also flexibility given that Ake and Federici were thrown in.
Arter and Wilshere were the core of the performance, maintaining a measure of control throughout.
Ake won everything in both boxes, what more can you ask. Wilson and King are perfect for counter attacking and they kept stoke defenders worried all afternoon.
Would just love to know why East thought that wasn’t a penalty, when the BBC report calls it a clear penalty you know it’s bad.
Not always a pretty game by any measure, but a superb 3 points none the less. – Join the conversation here.
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