AFC Bournemouth: Mixed feelings for Howe after Blues defeat

Bournemouth Echo: BOSS: Eddie Howe BOSS: Eddie Howe

BOSS Eddie Howe was torn between contentment and frustration after Cherries had finished empty handed despite their endeavours against Birmingham on Saturday.

Rampant Cherries fashioned no fewer than 24 shots compared with the visitors' tally of four but were sunk by first-half goals from Andy Shinnie and Nikola Zigic.

Howe said: “It was a difficult one to sum up because, overall, I thought we were excellent. We conceded two really poor goals and, with the first one being so early, it was difficult to recover. We were very confident coming into the game and, had it not been for the early goal, I felt we would have won comfortably.

“We did everything but score. We were the dominant team and probably dominated every statistic going except the main one. The number of shots we had showed how dominant we were.

"Although they had something to hold on to, I felt everything would have turned on one goal and was quite confident we would go on to win the game. But it didn't come and that was the frustrating thing.

“I wouldn't change much about the performance because I thought the level was very high. If we were to give that level of performance over 10 games, we would probably win nine of them. We just have to keep sticking to what we do and improve our decision-making in key areas.

“We were disappointed not to score but I thought there were lots of positives. The immediate feeling was one of disappointment but results can cloud everyone's perception of what they see. In the main, I thought the players were very good and couldn't fault any of them.”

Howe named an unchanged starting line-up following Cherries' stunning 2-1 victory at Reading but looked on as they suffered a fifth home defeat of the season.

He added: “We don't want to lose any home games and, to lose five, is disappointing especially when we feel we could have done better in those games and the results probably don't justify how we have played.

“But teams will do their homework, look at how you play and try to find ways to stop you. The pleasing thing was we created lots of chances and I think that bodes well. I was more concerned after the Bolton game when we didn't really create a chance. That was more disturbing for me.

“We went to Reading and QPR and had 16 shots apiece in those games and another 24 against Birmingham. They are great signs for me because, if you are creating chances, you will back the players you have to take them.”

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10:10am Mon 16 Dec 13

North stand badger says...

Looking at the situation in the cool light of day after the match and trying to avoid the extremism of some posters on here I guess of the owners want to ensure survival then purchasing a top striker would probably do it. however which club is likely to sell a striker in prime form at this time of the year. Every club in the relegation zone will be looking around and we would either have to go to a lower league or find a discontented premier League player. If we did get someone then i think we would also try and offload a few at the same time to compensate on the wages front.I personally think we will survive with Rantie/Grabban/Thoma
s/Pitman combinations depending on form and tactics but it is the biggest area of weakness for us and we need to find a way to capitalise on our brilliant build up play
Looking at the situation in the cool light of day after the match and trying to avoid the extremism of some posters on here I guess of the owners want to ensure survival then purchasing a top striker would probably do it. however which club is likely to sell a striker in prime form at this time of the year. Every club in the relegation zone will be looking around and we would either have to go to a lower league or find a discontented premier League player. If we did get someone then i think we would also try and offload a few at the same time to compensate on the wages front.I personally think we will survive with Rantie/Grabban/Thoma s/Pitman combinations depending on form and tactics but it is the biggest area of weakness for us and we need to find a way to capitalise on our brilliant build up play North stand badger

10:14am Mon 16 Dec 13

threesidedrectangle says...

"But teams will do their homework, look at how you play and try to find ways to stop you."

Who is doing homework for us? Rantie and Thomas must go. Work rate is all good and well if chances are created AND put away. We really need a strong creative defensive midfielder because Pugh, Ritchie, Fraser, Arter and O'Kane across the middle just isn't working. Yes there is pace and trickery but they can't put up enough of a fight as they are too small. All under 5'10"? Who wins headers out of those?

Bring back Marv. And Pearce...and Coops.

I just hope we have some cash to splash in Jan for defensive midfielder and two strikers. Thomas has to go and I really can't see Rantie cutting it.
"But teams will do their homework, look at how you play and try to find ways to stop you." Who is doing homework for us? Rantie and Thomas must go. Work rate is all good and well if chances are created AND put away. We really need a strong creative defensive midfielder because Pugh, Ritchie, Fraser, Arter and O'Kane across the middle just isn't working. Yes there is pace and trickery but they can't put up enough of a fight as they are too small. All under 5'10"? Who wins headers out of those? Bring back Marv. And Pearce...and Coops. I just hope we have some cash to splash in Jan for defensive midfielder and two strikers. Thomas has to go and I really can't see Rantie cutting it. threesidedrectangle

10:15am Mon 16 Dec 13

Solentcherry says...

" you will back the players you have to take them"
Ermmmmmm..........
56 shots and 2 goals.....
Am I missing something here?
" you will back the players you have to take them" Ermmmmmm.......... 56 shots and 2 goals..... Am I missing something here? Solentcherry

11:55am Mon 16 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

Solentcherry wrote:
" you will back the players you have to take them"
Ermmmmmm..........
56 shots and 2 goals.....
Am I missing something here?
No!! They are!!
[quote][p][bold]Solentcherry[/bold] wrote: " you will back the players you have to take them" Ermmmmmm.......... 56 shots and 2 goals..... Am I missing something here?[/p][/quote]No!! They are!! Controversial But True

5:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

YafcbY says...

Next three games are huge now.
Ideally we need 7 points.
Next three games are huge now. Ideally we need 7 points. YafcbY

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