AFC Bournemouth boss Howe: Camp's display deserved a clean sheet

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CHERRIES manager Eddie Howe commiserated with Lee Camp and said the goalkeeper’s inspired display against Leicester had merited a clean sheet.

Camp pulled off a string of fine saves to keep Cherries in the hunt before he was finally beaten by Kevin Phillips’s hotly-disputed late winner.

The 29-year-old twice denied Jamie Vardy after the Foxes striker had gone through one-on-one, his heroics sandwiched between top-drawer stops from Lloyd Dyer and Anthony Knockaert.

Howe said: “He had an excellent day. He kept us in it during the first half and you thought that would be enough to get us a point but it wasn’t to be.

“The one-on-ones were big saves because they gave us belief going into half-time that we could get something from the game. He almost saved the goal as well so we were disappointed because he deserved a clean sheet.”

Howe added: “It was a tough game and the conditions and pitch were difficult to manage. I thought we started game really well and then Leicester came on strong and showed what a good side they are. You have to give them credit because nine wins in a row is a remarkable achievement.

“We had a couple of early chances and had three more in the second half before they scored. We didn’t take them and that is what you need to do in this division because you get found out.

“The margins are really small as we saw on Tuesday when we won against Huddersfield. In both boxes, we just didn’t manage to do the things we needed to.”

Howe made three changes to his starting line-up with Ian Harte, Ryan Fraser and Tokelo Rantie coming in for the injured Charlie Daniels, Matt Ritchie, who dropped to the bench, and Marc Pugh, who was rested. Ritchie and new signing Yann Kermorgant replaced Fraser and Rantie at the break.

“I changed things to keep everybody fresh,” said Howe. “The pitch is as soft as I have ever known it and everybody gave such a big effort against Liverpool and Huddersfield with the same team. I decided to get some fresh players in there and it was an opportunity for other people to impress. We lost the game so it is always up for debate but I thought it was the right call.”

Howe confirmed defender Daniels would be sidelined for around three weeks due to the thigh injury which had forced him off during the early stages of Cherries’ midweek win over Huddersfield.

The left-back had a scan at the end of last week which revealed he had sustained a grade one tear (the least serious), the diagnosis described by Howe as “the best we could have hoped for”.

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10:39am Mon 3 Feb 14

devon fan says...

it was an inspired performance from him Eddie, what a shame you had not been inspired enough to send your team out looking to win the game rather than a team designed to contain, whilst I have the feeling you will one day become a top manager I am confused by your insisistance to play one up front and continually having to change the system when we fall behind, each game left to play is like a cup final, play to win and you will pick up enough points to guarantee safety, keep playing as we are with few shots on goal will make it that much harder
it was an inspired performance from him Eddie, what a shame you had not been inspired enough to send your team out looking to win the game rather than a team designed to contain, whilst I have the feeling you will one day become a top manager I am confused by your insisistance to play one up front and continually having to change the system when we fall behind, each game left to play is like a cup final, play to win and you will pick up enough points to guarantee safety, keep playing as we are with few shots on goal will make it that much harder devon fan

7:01pm Mon 3 Feb 14

rednblack37 says...

devon fan wrote:
it was an inspired performance from him Eddie, what a shame you had not been inspired enough to send your team out looking to win the game rather than a team designed to contain, whilst I have the feeling you will one day become a top manager I am confused by your insisistance to play one up front and continually having to change the system when we fall behind, each game left to play is like a cup final, play to win and you will pick up enough points to guarantee safety, keep playing as we are with few shots on goal will make it that much harder
The signing of Kermorgant is precisely so he can play 2 up front, he hasn't signed him to play instead of Grabban has he?? Otherwise Grabban would be at Brighton now! Kermorgant in to give us more presence up front and hopefully bring out the best in Rantie as well. Don't be confused anymore, I've solved your puzzle.....but it was obvious to me.
[quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: it was an inspired performance from him Eddie, what a shame you had not been inspired enough to send your team out looking to win the game rather than a team designed to contain, whilst I have the feeling you will one day become a top manager I am confused by your insisistance to play one up front and continually having to change the system when we fall behind, each game left to play is like a cup final, play to win and you will pick up enough points to guarantee safety, keep playing as we are with few shots on goal will make it that much harder[/p][/quote]The signing of Kermorgant is precisely so he can play 2 up front, he hasn't signed him to play instead of Grabban has he?? Otherwise Grabban would be at Brighton now! Kermorgant in to give us more presence up front and hopefully bring out the best in Rantie as well. Don't be confused anymore, I've solved your puzzle.....but it was obvious to me. rednblack37

7:12pm Mon 3 Feb 14

dekayedcherry says...

Lee Camp had an excellent game and it was a shame he couldn't keep a clean sheet. Having seen the goal again on TV, it is clear that Kevin Phillips
"lost" Simon Francis at the back post. Perhaps Francis at 6ft 2" should have positioned himself better to cut out the ball from getting to Phillips but he didn't allowing a "free" header from the 40yr old striker.
Francis, an ever present in the side this season has had a few "dodgy" moments of late ( 10 mins against Huddersfield spring to mind !!) and be in need of a rest and now with Adam Smith also in the squad, EH may decide to make a change ?. However Francis at 6ft2" is a big help against the tall forwards & defenders we seem to come up against, when he is on his game.

Does EH keep the back line the same or does he make an unforced change ? No doubt we all have our opinions but Eddie is charged with getting his decision right (easy in hindsight !!!). UTC.
Lee Camp had an excellent game and it was a shame he couldn't keep a clean sheet. Having seen the goal again on TV, it is clear that Kevin Phillips "lost" Simon Francis at the back post. Perhaps Francis at 6ft 2" should have positioned himself better to cut out the ball from getting to Phillips but he didn't allowing a "free" header from the 40yr old striker. Francis, an ever present in the side this season has had a few "dodgy" moments of late ( 10 mins against Huddersfield spring to mind !!) and be in need of a rest and now with Adam Smith also in the squad, EH may decide to make a change ?. However Francis at 6ft2" is a big help against the tall forwards & defenders we seem to come up against, when he is on his game. Does EH keep the back line the same or does he make an unforced change ? No doubt we all have our opinions but Eddie is charged with getting his decision right (easy in hindsight !!!). UTC. dekayedcherry

2:38pm Tue 4 Feb 14

devon fan says...

rednblack37 wrote:
devon fan wrote:
it was an inspired performance from him Eddie, what a shame you had not been inspired enough to send your team out looking to win the game rather than a team designed to contain, whilst I have the feeling you will one day become a top manager I am confused by your insisistance to play one up front and continually having to change the system when we fall behind, each game left to play is like a cup final, play to win and you will pick up enough points to guarantee safety, keep playing as we are with few shots on goal will make it that much harder
The signing of Kermorgant is precisely so he can play 2 up front, he hasn't signed him to play instead of Grabban has he?? Otherwise Grabban would be at Brighton now! Kermorgant in to give us more presence up front and hopefully bring out the best in Rantie as well. Don't be confused anymore, I've solved your puzzle.....but it was obvious to me.
what a self satified person you appears to me, the signing of Kermorgant proves nothing, it could be that Eddiee will start to play Grabben out wide which is something he has done a number of times before, what Eddie will do is not obvious to anyone my hope is he will play two up front and I would like to see Rantie come good, just ask yourself why the club has had so many proven goalscorers only to see them all fail at the same time or perhaps the reason is also obvious to you
[quote][p][bold]rednblack37[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]devon fan[/bold] wrote: it was an inspired performance from him Eddie, what a shame you had not been inspired enough to send your team out looking to win the game rather than a team designed to contain, whilst I have the feeling you will one day become a top manager I am confused by your insisistance to play one up front and continually having to change the system when we fall behind, each game left to play is like a cup final, play to win and you will pick up enough points to guarantee safety, keep playing as we are with few shots on goal will make it that much harder[/p][/quote]The signing of Kermorgant is precisely so he can play 2 up front, he hasn't signed him to play instead of Grabban has he?? Otherwise Grabban would be at Brighton now! Kermorgant in to give us more presence up front and hopefully bring out the best in Rantie as well. Don't be confused anymore, I've solved your puzzle.....but it was obvious to me.[/p][/quote]what a self satified person you appears to me, the signing of Kermorgant proves nothing, it could be that Eddiee will start to play Grabben out wide which is something he has done a number of times before, what Eddie will do is not obvious to anyone my hope is he will play two up front and I would like to see Rantie come good, just ask yourself why the club has had so many proven goalscorers only to see them all fail at the same time or perhaps the reason is also obvious to you devon fan

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