AFC Bournemouth winger Marc Pugh believes the Cherries defeat to Norwich City can act as a reality check for the Championship leaders.
Despite the defeat the Cherries remain top of the second tier in English football following Derby County’s victory over Ipswich Town.
The Cherries remain top on goal difference, one point clear of Ipswich in third and eight points clear of Norwich in seventh place.
The defeat brought an end to the 14 game unbeaten run, where the Cherries collected 36 points from a possible 42.
AFC Bournemouth now have three consecutive away matches, with the Championship double header of Rotherham United and Leeds United followed by the FA Cup fourth round tie against Aston Villa.
Pugh told the Daily Echo…
“Norwich are a top-quality side and it was a great finish for the winner. We probably played better against 11 men because after they had gone down to 10, maybe we didn’t move the ball quickly enough or work their backline.
“We created chances in the first half but weren’t at our best. We gave away the ball sloppily and it was one of those days when a point would have been good because our performance didn’t reach the heights of the past few months.
“I didn’t have a perfect view of the handball but it did look like he stuck his arm out and caught it. It happened in a split-second so it was a tough one for the referee and I’m not sure what view the linesman had.
“It was a frustrating day all round and was maybe a bit of a reality check for us. We have been on a great run and are still top of the league. We have a tough away game at Rotherham next week and they will be looking to respond after losing to us in the FA Cup and we need to respond after this defeat.”
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