AFC Bournemouth: Poor pitch not to blame for defeat say Howe and Arter

NO EXCUSES: Cherries' midfielder Harry Arter

NO EXCUSES: Cherries' midfielder Harry Arter

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

BOSS Eddie Howe and midfielder Harry Arter both refused to use as an excuse for Cherries’ defeat at Charlton the state of the playing surface.

The pitch, which appeared to have been heavily watered ahead of kick-off, was in a poor condition and had a number of bare patches.

Howe said: “It was certainly not ideal, especially for our brand of football. You can warn players and prepare for it but, ultimately, there isn’t a lot you can do. We can’t change the way we play because our players aren’t built for it so we had to try to manage it as best we could.”

And Arter added: “If we had won, we probably wouldn’t have mentioned it but the surface wasn’t great at all.

“It was probably one of the worst pitches I had played on throughout my career and that is probably going down to Conference South level.

“It was a poor pitch and it is a shame pitches get to that state at this time of year but I am sure it was just down to the weather. It didn’t make for a great spectacle and I am sure it wasn’t the best game to watch.”

Meanwhile, boss Howe confirmed winger Matt Ritchie had been unavailable for the trip to The Valley due to illness.

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5:43pm Wed 19 Mar 14

dustbindanny says...

Simple truth is , we didn't put the chances we had ,into Charlton ,s Net? am I right Harry? Far too many shots from our team go over the B---dy bar!
Simple truth is , we didn't put the chances we had ,into Charlton ,s Net? am I right Harry? Far too many shots from our team go over the B---dy bar! dustbindanny
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8:06pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Cherryfan says...

Reads like they were blaming the pitch!
Reads like they were blaming the pitch! Cherryfan
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