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AFC Bournemouth: Supporters were pivotal to victory says Eddie Howe
Howe saw Cherries claw back a 2-0 deficit and run out convincing victors thanks to goals from Ryan Fraser, Steve Cook and Harry Arter, and penalties from Lewis Grabban and Brett Pitman.
He told the Daily Echo: “It was a very good and open game between two teams that gave everything.
“What pleased me most in winning the game was the character shown, not just by the players, but by the crowd.
“It would have been easy for them to show their displeasure at what they were seeing when we went 2-0 down at home after 10 minutes and on the back of two defeats. But they really stuck with us and I thought that was absolutely pivotal to the win.
“Full credit to them for that because I think they understand.
“I know they are a very knowledgeable crowd and we are going to need that again this season.”
Goals from Martyn Waghorn and Liam Trotter put Cherries on the back foot inside the first 10 minutes before Fraser’s exquisite strike on the stroke of half-time opened the floodgates.
Howe added: “I have watched their goals again and was disappointed with them. I thought they were both avoidable from our perspective and it is certainly something we are keeping an eye on because we know we need to keep clean sheets and get better defensively.
“But with the way we play and the way we ask the players to play, you have to allow for mistakes. You can’t ever criticise the players publicly because that is what I am asking them to do so I have to take responsibility when it doesn’t work.
“Thankfully, we kept to our principles, we kept playing that way and got our rewards with five goals. You can’t have it both ways so I was full of admiration for the character shown by the players and their response in the second half.”
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