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AFC Bournemouth: Half-time dressing-down did the trick says Steve Cook
Cook deservedly walked off with the man-of-the-match plaudits after playing a key role as Howe’s men turned a 2-0 deficit into a 5-2 victory.
Cherries were rocked when goals inside the opening 10 minutes from Martyn Waghorn and Liam Trotter left them with a mountain to climb.
But after Ryan Fraser had halved the deficit with a majestic strike on the stroke of half-time, Cook’s towering header restored parity five minutes into the second half.
A thunderous drive from Harry Arter gave them the lead before a penalty from Lewis Grabban – Cherries’ fourth goal in 16 minutes – killed off the Lions.
Substitute Brett Pitman also scored from the spot in added time as Cherries had five different players on the scoresheet in a league game for the first time since 1979.
Cook told the Daily Echo: “We had a rollicking from the manager at half-time. It was the first time this season he had ripped into us and we deserved it.
“We were too deep at the back to start with and Martyn Waghorn gave us the runaround. The manager let us know in no uncertain terms and we knew we needed to respond and did.
“We were terrific in the second half. We moved the ball around and really took our chances. We need to keep more clean sheets and start making it a bit easier for ourselves.
“It was a game that had everything and, for the neutral, it must have been fantastic. But, from our point of view, it was disappointing to go 2-0 down.
“We showed great character to come back and won quite comfortably in the end. We need to work harder on our defending because the goals we conceded were too easy. We have to work really hard for our goals but, at the moment, we are giving the opposition cheap ones.
“As a defender, it is frustrating. It cost us against Blackburn but, fortunately, we were good enough to come back and win against Millwall. We can’t keep giving ourselves tough tasks though.
“We were outstanding after the first 15 to 20 minutes. We took the game to them and the crowd got right behind us, which was just what we needed.
“Ryan scored a fantastic goal and we always felt the third goal of the game would be important and so it proved. Ian Harte’s delivery is superb and he has been putting the ball on people’s heads all his career. It was a great corner and I was delighted to get on the end of it. That got us level and we kicked on from there.”
- Eddie Howe’s class of 2013 wrote another chapter in the Dean Court record books thanks to their five-star display over Championship rivals Millwall at Dean Court.
Goals from Ryan Fraser, Steve Cook and Harry Arter, together with penalties from Lewis Grabban and Brett Pitman, earned Cherries a 5-2 triumph.
It was the first time for more than 34 years that five different Cherries players had been on the scoresheet in the same league game.
Ted MacDougall and Joey Scott both netted twice in a 7-1 win over Doncaster in February 1979, with Dave Lennard, Peter Johnson and Frank Barton also on target in the Division Four showdown.
Although there were five different scorers during a 6-2 victory over Hull City in February 1988, one of them was Tigers goalkeeper Tony Norman who was credited with an own goal.
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