AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told Sky Sports…
“It was an historic game for us tonight. I don’t think we were at our very best and we were loose at times, but what we did show was real heart, fight, determination and desire.
“We defended heroically at times, our goalkeeper played very well. It wasn’t the perfect performance but we’re delighted with the win…”
“…I think we are getting more and more confident with each other and this season the group will get stronger – we have big players missing. We know there is more to come…”
Nathan Ake, Harry Wilson and Callum Wilson got the Cherries the goals…
What a win!!! Great to take all the 3 points back home! Let's keep building and improve. Thank you for the great support???????????? pic.twitter.com/5Q0zzHQORt
— Nathan Aké (@NathanAke) September 20, 2019
Get in!! Great win tonight, fantastic support???????????? pic.twitter.com/oX11MTLfy1
— harry wilson (@harrywilson_) September 20, 2019
Patience is key!! Not a great performance by myself or the team but the win most important thing! And a cheeky goal of course ????????♂????
Supporters were incredible too ???????? pic.twitter.com/QQFr2pv1gB
— Callum Wilson (@CallumWilson) September 20, 2019
Former AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Shwan Jalal touted Cherries defender Steve Cook for an England call-up after the game.
— Shwan Jalal (@JalalGK) September 20, 2019
An alternative view from the home end…
For various (but slightly annoying family) reasons I found myself sat in the Chapel end last night amongst the home fans.
I have never been surrounded by a more disinterested, uneducated and negative bunch of people. There was zero atmosphere apart from about 5 minutes after the penalty and a solitary “when the saints” which I found quite incredible consisted I was at an end behind the goal.
There was constant complaining and I general lack of understanding on the basic rules of football including offside and VAR.
They were quite magnanimous in defeat and with the exception of a few gripes about us going down easily and time-wasting were complimentary of us and our play. My favourite moment was the abuse Boufal got when he went down under a challenge and pretended to be hurt.
But my word – the thing I was most impressed by, above even the result, was the support from the away end. You guys were amazing, In full voice nearly the whole game. Completely outsung the home fans. Hats off to all who were there and thank you for making a cherry in the home end proud!
All in all, a great first half, dreadful 2nd. Ramsdale was excellent again, as were Nathan Ake and Steve Cook (despite the penalty). For me, Philip Billing looked better than Jefferson Lerma tonight. Joshua King really should’ve passed half a dozen times when he was on the edge of the box, but just ended up losing it ’cause he was desperate to have a shot after var disallowed his goal. Harry Wilson, good goal but otherwise mmm, Ryan Fraser still not on it. Jack Stacey struggled the whole game but improved a bit in the 2nd half. Diego Rico good first half, great corners. Callum Wilson, not his best game by far but scored again. In the end 3-1 and 3rd. I really don’t know what more anyone could want. – Join the conversation, click here.