AFC Bournemouth: Our defending was faultless says boss Howe

Bournemouth Echo: BOSS: Eddie Howe BOSS: Eddie Howe

BOSS Eddie Howe hailed Cherries’ defending as “faultless” and said he felt they had done everything they could in an attempt to beat Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Howe’s men, bidding to record four successive wins in the second flight for the first time in the club’s history, were thwarted by stubborn opponents at Dean Court.

A controversial refereeing decision saw an effort from Lewis Grabban chalked off, while Boro goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos pulled off a couple of crucial saves.

Howe said: “Middlesbrough were dogged and resolute. They didn’t really come out of their shell and that made it a lot more difficult for us. When you consider the players they had, it was a good sign that we were disappointed to only draw with a team like them.

“I thought they showed us a lot of respect. Their defensive record recently has been excellent and we knew they hadn’t conceded many goals so we knew we would have to be at our best going forward.

“At times, I felt we got going in the second half and looked a real threat. We looked like the only team that was going to win the game but things didn’t drop for us around the box and we didn’t pull the trigger perhaps when we could have. We looked a threat from set-plays but just didn’t have that elusive chance you thought we must take.

“There were still plenty of positives. It was another clean sheet and a good defensive performance. It would have been an easy game to lose on a rare Middlesbrough break and that shows the improvement in my team.

“Defensively, we put in another faultless performance and Lee Camp, like in recent games, didn’t have a lot to do and that was a really pleasing sign because, if we are going to achieve anything as a team, that was an area we needed to work on and the players have responded in really good style.”

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6:59am Mon 17 Mar 14

susi.m says...

Our defenders are awesome. Nice guys and very hard working.
Our defenders are awesome. Nice guys and very hard working. susi.m
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8:33am Mon 17 Mar 14

cherrychris75 says...

Can someone explain to me please why when we are defending a corner, do we have every single player back in our box. Rantie and Fraser for example are not going to win many headers, but would cause the opposition to keep more players back because of the counter attack threat. Cooky was brilliant Saturday, I personally cant see how Ward can get straight back in.
Can someone explain to me please why when we are defending a corner, do we have every single player back in our box. Rantie and Fraser for example are not going to win many headers, but would cause the opposition to keep more players back because of the counter attack threat. Cooky was brilliant Saturday, I personally cant see how Ward can get straight back in. cherrychris75
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9:37am Mon 17 Mar 14

ChilledCherry says...

Yep, totally agree CherryChris. I can't see why we don't leave a couple of our quicker players nearer the half way line to give the opposition something to think about if the ball is cleared from a corner. Having everyone back will put more pressure on the defence I would have thought!
Yep, totally agree CherryChris. I can't see why we don't leave a couple of our quicker players nearer the half way line to give the opposition something to think about if the ball is cleared from a corner. Having everyone back will put more pressure on the defence I would have thought! ChilledCherry
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3:09pm Mon 17 Mar 14

raybren says...

You might have noticed that 'Boro left 2 up every time we had a corner and they are a defensive side ! Our defence is doing very nicely but do we have to have a back 5 , with O ' Kane treading on the feet of the others ?
You might have noticed that 'Boro left 2 up every time we had a corner and they are a defensive side ! Our defence is doing very nicely but do we have to have a back 5 , with O ' Kane treading on the feet of the others ? raybren
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7:27pm Mon 17 Mar 14

afcb-mark says...

Eddie, We need to score goals to win any game, GET TWO STRIKERS UP FRONT especially at home
Eddie, We need to score goals to win any game, GET TWO STRIKERS UP FRONT especially at home afcb-mark
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