AFC Bournemouth: Mixed feelings for Howe after Pompey victory

CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

CHERRIES BOSS: Eddie Howe

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

BOSS Eddie Howe admitted to having had mixed feelings with Cherries’ display during last night’s pre-season friendly victory over Portsmouth.

Goals from Tokelo Rantie, Brett Pitman and Harry Arter capped an impressive first half as Cherries deservedly reached the interval 3-0 ahead at Fratton Park.

And although Howe’s men maintained the momentum into the second half, a stunning strike from James Dunne and Jed Wallace’s penalty saw Pompey claw back two late goals.

Howe said: “I was really pleased with the first 55-60 minutes and disappointed with the ending. But I thought we showed our qualities early on and looked a very good side.

“We changed the formation in the second half and tried to hit the players with something different. We didn’t adapt well enough but there is still time to get rid of those mistakes.

“We looked good for the first hour. We passed and moved the ball well, as we do, and looked like we had a cutting edge. We scored some good goals and I was pleased. I wanted us to make it five, six or seven by being really ruthless and professional.

“Unfortunately, we allowed them back into the game and made it difficult for ourselves in the last part. We defended our goal well when it went to 3-2 and saw out the game in the end.”

Howe, whose starting line-up included six players who had featured for only 20 minutes against Southampton, will see Cherries complete their friendly campaign with two games in two days – at home to Swansea on Friday and away to Oxford on Saturday.

He added: “We managed to give a couple more players some good game time and I felt that was important. We have two more games and that will be our last chance to get some proper game minutes into the players and I think we will be ready for the Huddersfield game.

“We will mix the teams and try to get positive results in both games. More importantly, the players will hopefully get that bit closer to feeling like they are ready to play.”

Howe said he hoped goalkeepers Lee Camp and Darryl Flahavan would recover from their respective injuries in time for Cherries’ Championship curtain-raiser at Huddersfield a week on Saturday.

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7:05am Wed 30 Jul 14

Pjb1970 says...

Well done lads enjoyable evening in the Pompey sunshine.please Eddie another striker just to ease the worry.indont feel we need much else the teams looks balanced to me.we will have a good season don't worry.
Well done lads enjoyable evening in the Pompey sunshine.please Eddie another striker just to ease the worry.indont feel we need much else the teams looks balanced to me.we will have a good season don't worry. Pjb1970
  • Score: 4

7:33am Wed 30 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

I wasn't there but managed to follow on Twitter and reading the reports it's a shame we didn't push Pompey further. That said it's I think it's encouraging that Brett has hit 4 goals during pre-season and ...... TK on the scoresheet - whatever next?!
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I wasn't there but managed to follow on Twitter and reading the reports it's a shame we didn't push Pompey further. That said it's I think it's encouraging that Brett has hit 4 goals during pre-season and ...... TK on the scoresheet - whatever next?! UTC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 8

8:24am Wed 30 Jul 14

mark.s says...

Brett and TK doing their bit to push for game time, well done both.
Brett and TK doing their bit to push for game time, well done both. mark.s
  • Score: 15

8:57am Wed 30 Jul 14

coops1965cherry says...

Good pre-season preparations are vital and are a decent indicator to a manager as to who wants it and who doesn't !

I have never paid too much attention to pre-season friendlies and I don't think I ever will.

On this occasion however it is as has been said good to see TK and the pit bull pushing hard, it shows they want to be part of this squad, good effort lads.

U T C I A D.
Good pre-season preparations are vital and are a decent indicator to a manager as to who wants it and who doesn't ! I have never paid too much attention to pre-season friendlies and I don't think I ever will. On this occasion however it is as has been said good to see TK and the pit bull pushing hard, it shows they want to be part of this squad, good effort lads. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 11

10:21am Wed 30 Jul 14

devon fan says...

just one minor criticism, we need to stop giving away so many penalties
just one minor criticism, we need to stop giving away so many penalties devon fan
  • Score: 6

3:34pm Wed 30 Jul 14

holdinkæft says...

TK and Brett scoring, Natt wont know what to say.
another good win thou, great for their confidence.
TK and Brett scoring, Natt wont know what to say. another good win thou, great for their confidence. holdinkæft
  • Score: -6

5:45pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Nat1234 says...

holdinkæft wrote:
TK and Brett scoring, Natt wont know what to say.
another good win thou, great for their confidence.
I've never had an issue with Brett . I think he is a good player . Just a bit lazy sometimes . I also think we have not got a better goal finisher in the the club . Than Brett . BUT PLESASE DON'T GET CARRIED AWAY after all it was a div 2 side that only just managed to stay the the football league last season . So get your facts straight ..
[quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: TK and Brett scoring, Natt wont know what to say. another good win thou, great for their confidence.[/p][/quote]I've never had an issue with Brett . I think he is a good player . Just a bit lazy sometimes . I also think we have not got a better goal finisher in the the club . Than Brett . BUT PLESASE DON'T GET CARRIED AWAY after all it was a div 2 side that only just managed to stay the the football league last season . So get your facts straight .. Nat1234
  • Score: -2

8:40pm Wed 30 Jul 14

gtd says...

Nat1234 wrote:
holdinkæft wrote:
TK and Brett scoring, Natt wont know what to say.
another good win thou, great for their confidence.
I've never had an issue with Brett . I think he is a good player . Just a bit lazy sometimes . I also think we have not got a better goal finisher in the the club . Than Brett . BUT PLESASE DON'T GET CARRIED AWAY after all it was a div 2 side that only just managed to stay the the football league last season . So get your facts straight ..
Agreed about Brett; I just hope he starts and is given the confidence to repeat the season before last (19 in 23 starts).
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: TK and Brett scoring, Natt wont know what to say. another good win thou, great for their confidence.[/p][/quote]I've never had an issue with Brett . I think he is a good player . Just a bit lazy sometimes . I also think we have not got a better goal finisher in the the club . Than Brett . BUT PLESASE DON'T GET CARRIED AWAY after all it was a div 2 side that only just managed to stay the the football league last season . So get your facts straight ..[/p][/quote]Agreed about Brett; I just hope he starts and is given the confidence to repeat the season before last (19 in 23 starts). gtd
  • Score: 3

9:20pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Put it in the mixer says...

Joe Mason anyone? Cardiff want him to sign new deal then happy for him to go out on loan according to Sky Sports. Bolton want him, but could he come here?
Joe Mason anyone? Cardiff want him to sign new deal then happy for him to go out on loan according to Sky Sports. Bolton want him, but could he come here? Put it in the mixer
  • Score: 2

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