AFC Bournemouth: Howe's double delight as Cherries topple troublesome formation

HAPPY: AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

HAPPY: AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

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BEAMING boss Eddie Howe spoke of his double delight as Cherries exorcised two ghosts in today’s emphatic 4-0 victory at Huddersfield.

Having taken an immediate stranglehold through Marc Pugh’s composed finish after just 26 seconds, debutant Callum Wilson’s double sandwiched Yann Kermorgant’s close-range follow-up as clinical Cherries swept aside their Yorkshire hosts with consummate ease.

Not only did the result banish the memory of last season’s 5-1 reverse at the John Smith’s Stadium, it also saw Howe’s men ruthlessly expose Huddersfield’s 3-5-2 system, a formation the manager admitted had proved problematic in the past.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “Whichever system a team plays, you look at it. Each has its strengths and its weaknesses that people will look to exploit and we’re no different to anyone in that respect.

“Three at the back has become very fashionable and they (Huddersfield) have done well with it, particularly last season. I think that was the first time we’ve beaten a team playing 3-5-2 for quite a while so we were pleased to finally do that.

“We couldn’t have wished for a better start and I thought Pughy did so well to take his chance. The game had just kicked off and sometimes they can come too early but he stuck it away really well and we never looked back from that moment.”

And despite watching his side dish out the ultimate retribution for last season’s chastening defeat, Howe remained keen for Cherries to uphold their standards while remaining grounded.

The Cherries boss added: “From our perspective we learned some hard lessons. We lost heavily at Watford and Huddersfield and wanted to use those experiences as a learning tool to come back stronger and better and we did that last season.

“Now we need to look back and reflect on that. We have to make sure we don’t let our foot off the gas and let it become a negative, we have to try and push on. It’s a difficult league and I’m sure we’ll have highs and lows throughout.”

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9:41pm Sat 9 Aug 14

O'Reilly says...

Excellent start to the season, a convincing win away from home.....well done lads.
Excellent start to the season, a convincing win away from home.....well done lads. O'Reilly
  • Score: 12

3:24am Sun 10 Aug 14

kangman2012 says...

Class result - UTC!
Class result - UTC! kangman2012
  • Score: 2

9:18am Sun 10 Aug 14

Square Old Codger says...

Like most of us, listened to the game on Solent and then saw the extracts on the Football League Show. We looked good, swift interpassing and clinical finishing. But what a strong Division this is, some very good players in it and some outstanding teams and we will need a little luck and to avoid injuries to key players to have a successful Season, but with that ,shouldn't be too far away from the "honours". Good to see so many ex Cherries plying their trade, Wade Elliot, Jamal, Matt Tubbs etc all looking sharp, nice to see. Great to see the Cherries "top of the table" , long may that last.
Like most of us, listened to the game on Solent and then saw the extracts on the Football League Show. We looked good, swift interpassing and clinical finishing. But what a strong Division this is, some very good players in it and some outstanding teams and we will need a little luck and to avoid injuries to key players to have a successful Season, but with that ,shouldn't be too far away from the "honours". Good to see so many ex Cherries plying their trade, Wade Elliot, Jamal, Matt Tubbs etc all looking sharp, nice to see. Great to see the Cherries "top of the table" , long may that last. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 13

10:46am Sun 10 Aug 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Oops, it seems Hudders need another manager
Oops, it seems Hudders need another manager cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 1

10:49am Sun 10 Aug 14

YafcbY says...

We know how the Huddersfield supporters feel. Years ago we lost what was it 0-4 to Chesterfield on the opening day of the season?

I'm over the moon with this performance, a great way to start the season.

Officially would like to place on record how gutted I am to be moving to Scotland. Something tells me I'm going to miss an extremely exciting season!!!
We know how the Huddersfield supporters feel. Years ago we lost what was it 0-4 to Chesterfield on the opening day of the season? I'm over the moon with this performance, a great way to start the season. Officially would like to place on record how gutted I am to be moving to Scotland. Something tells me I'm going to miss an extremely exciting season!!! YafcbY
  • Score: 1

12:09pm Sun 10 Aug 14

raynad says...

Note to opposing teams: Please don't sack your manager when we beat you , there won't be any left!
Note to opposing teams: Please don't sack your manager when we beat you , there won't be any left! raynad
  • Score: 7

12:53pm Sun 10 Aug 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Just a quick post re the Scotland move by YafcbY, It always rains there and you can still get to away games by train... once a Cherry always a Cherry remember?

I am now in the Isle of Arran for a week! It's raining! ...with the wee beasties! But I have a huge smile on my face!

Stop press our result cost their manager his job. Funny old game...
Just a quick post re the Scotland move by YafcbY, It always rains there and you can still get to away games by train... once a Cherry always a Cherry remember? I am now in the Isle of Arran for a week! It's raining! ...with the wee beasties! But I have a huge smile on my face! Stop press our result cost their manager his job. Funny old game... St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 1

12:55pm Sun 10 Aug 14

St Albans Cherry says...

ah already spotted well done raynad...
ah already spotted well done raynad... St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Randb18 says...

Got back late last night, what a great day out though! Didn't see that one coming! Never been in a stadium so quiet in my life! Almost felt sorry for them ( only almost though!) roll on Tuesday, really looking forward to first home game though!!
Got back late last night, what a great day out though! Didn't see that one coming! Never been in a stadium so quiet in my life! Almost felt sorry for them ( only almost though!) roll on Tuesday, really looking forward to first home game though!! Randb18
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Sun 10 Aug 14

cheeriedriteup says...

St Albans Cherry wrote:
ah already spotted well done raynad...
checkout my comments 10.46
[quote][p][bold]St Albans Cherry[/bold] wrote: ah already spotted well done raynad...[/p][/quote]checkout my comments 10.46 cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -3

4:14pm Sun 10 Aug 14

West moors 1 says...

On the radio we sounded solid and swift in attack. Wilson must be buzzing and to play in a team that plays wicked passing football must be wonderful for him. Can't wait till Saturday.
On the radio we sounded solid and swift in attack. Wilson must be buzzing and to play in a team that plays wicked passing football must be wonderful for him. Can't wait till Saturday. West moors 1
  • Score: 5

5:22pm Sun 10 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

YafcbY wrote:
We know how the Huddersfield supporters feel. Years ago we lost what was it 0-4 to Chesterfield on the opening day of the season?

I'm over the moon with this performance, a great way to start the season.

Officially would like to place on record how gutted I am to be moving to Scotland. Something tells me I'm going to miss an extremely exciting season!!!
Don't feel too bad about moving to Scotland, I spent 5 years there and it had it's highs and lows. Though the natives don't like the England games they are interested in club football down here and it is still possible to meet an ex-pat Cherry that far north. Where are you staying???
ICT look like an interesting team to keep an eye on whilst in exile. While I was there Martin O Neil was with Celtic, that was interesting. Also my local were good enough to put our play-off game v Lincoln on for me which they were all interested in.
UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]YafcbY[/bold] wrote: We know how the Huddersfield supporters feel. Years ago we lost what was it 0-4 to Chesterfield on the opening day of the season? I'm over the moon with this performance, a great way to start the season. Officially would like to place on record how gutted I am to be moving to Scotland. Something tells me I'm going to miss an extremely exciting season!!![/p][/quote]Don't feel too bad about moving to Scotland, I spent 5 years there and it had it's highs and lows. Though the natives don't like the England games they are interested in club football down here and it is still possible to meet an ex-pat Cherry that far north. Where are you staying??? ICT look like an interesting team to keep an eye on whilst in exile. While I was there Martin O Neil was with Celtic, that was interesting. Also my local were good enough to put our play-off game v Lincoln on for me which they were all interested in. UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 0

6:42pm Sun 10 Aug 14

redster says...

Looks like Lewis Grabban missed a sitter for Norwich so nothing changes !also Callum scored from a one on one with goalie and that is a change
Looks like Lewis Grabban missed a sitter for Norwich so nothing changes !also Callum scored from a one on one with goalie and that is a change redster
  • Score: 3

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