Cherries: We were second best admits Howe

BOSS Eddie Howe vowed that Cherries would learn from their Deepdale defeat after admitting: “We weren’t at our best.”

Third-flight leaders Cherries suffered only their second League One defeat since Howe’s Dean Court return following a below-par performance at Preston North End.

One-time Cherries transfer target Stuart Beavon fired Preston into a 19th-minute lead when he drilled low past Shwan Jalal from 20 yards.

Cherries’ failure to clear a deep free-kick allowed North End defender Bailey Wright to double the advantage when he bundled home 31 minutes.

Two close-range headers from Steve Cook and Shaun MacDonald flew over the crossbar as Cherries improved late on but their attempts came to nothing as Preston claimed a deserved win.

Howe said: “We weren’t at our best – there is no doubting that. We were second best which is really difficult for me to say because it hadn’t happened yet. This was the first time.

“We were slow out of the traps, we conceded two poor goals, we never really had any concerted pressure on their goal and I think we have to try to forget this as quickly as possible.

“Of course, learn from it and analyse it, which we will, but we have some massive games coming up which will define our season.”

Asked if he could pinpoint a reason for Cherries’ slow start, Howe replied: “I think you can look for a combination of factors. We have had a lot of travelling, a lot of games and we have got some tired bodies.

“It was a really poor pitch again. It was the same for both teams but we didn’t react very well to it.

“But we didn’t play our best. We are the first to admit that and are not looking for excuses.

“We have to retain our long-term vision, see where we are in the table and collect all the positives from that and look forward because looking back is going to do us no good now.”

Howe decided to hand a debut to loan recruit Marcos Painter with Cherries keen to allow Matt Ritchie to play in his preferred role on the right wing.

The Cherries manager was forced into an early reshuffle with Marc Pugh still feeling unwell following illness in the week, and he tinkered with his formation after the break in a bid to get a positive result.

Howe added: “We tried to try to get a foothold in the game.

“We were 4-4-2 with Brett Pitman just dropping in early on and we weren’t getting to grips with their midfield.

“We changed personnel – Marc Pugh was struggling through illness, he didn’t feel good during the game so we had to make that decision.

“In the second half, we tried to change again to try to get some momentum and try to get up the pitch.

“But I don’t think it was tactical today, there were bigger things that proved our downfall.”

Cherries' defeat, coupled with wins for rivals Sheffield United and Yeovil Town, saw both clubs close to within a point of the Dorset outfit.

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10:17am Sun 17 Feb 13

bigfatsteve says...

Three points against The Blades on Saturday will put us back on track. It will need the whole of Dean Court behind the team. We could do with another five games unbeaten run, so bring it on. It's going to be a great run in to the end of the season. Go on Eddie kick some a***.
Three points against The Blades on Saturday will put us back on track. It will need the whole of Dean Court behind the team. We could do with another five games unbeaten run, so bring it on. It's going to be a great run in to the end of the season. Go on Eddie kick some a***. bigfatsteve
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10:31am Sun 17 Feb 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

bigfatsteve wrote:
Three points against The Blades on Saturday will put us back on track. It will need the whole of Dean Court behind the team. We could do with another five games unbeaten run, so bring it on. It's going to be a great run in to the end of the season. Go on Eddie kick some a***.
Yep im with you on that. This is not a time for dwelling on one poor result, now is time for us all to unite behind the team and lift them for the challanges ahead. Others have lost as well, we are in a strong position so keep the faith and roar the boys on next week.
[quote][p][bold]bigfatsteve[/bold] wrote: Three points against The Blades on Saturday will put us back on track. It will need the whole of Dean Court behind the team. We could do with another five games unbeaten run, so bring it on. It's going to be a great run in to the end of the season. Go on Eddie kick some a***.[/p][/quote]Yep im with you on that. This is not a time for dwelling on one poor result, now is time for us all to unite behind the team and lift them for the challanges ahead. Others have lost as well, we are in a strong position so keep the faith and roar the boys on next week. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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12:37pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Couchy125 says...

We will be there or there about's come the end of the season. Think positive folks and enjoy the ride. Sheffield united wont be looking forward to coming to our place. Onwards and upwards. UTCIAD.
We will be there or there about's come the end of the season. Think positive folks and enjoy the ride. Sheffield united wont be looking forward to coming to our place. Onwards and upwards. UTCIAD. Couchy125
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1:02pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Ginger-nutz says...

think you guys will find that Blades are a far better side away from Bramall Lane.
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Donny play Yeovil too at the weekend, so two victores for STFC by then will open up a gap for us at the top...
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Enjoy your second home defeat of the season saturday ;-)
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Steady Eddie aint so steady, and big time charlies wll come unstuck :-)
think you guys will find that Blades are a far better side away from Bramall Lane. . Donny play Yeovil too at the weekend, so two victores for STFC by then will open up a gap for us at the top... . Enjoy your second home defeat of the season saturday ;-) . Steady Eddie aint so steady, and big time charlies wll come unstuck :-) Ginger-nutz
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1:17pm Sun 17 Feb 13

sea poole says...

Amazing how some trolling 'fans' start becoming interested in our boards and suck like leeches until the game and beyond. However, who can blame them, particularly living in Sheffield...
Amazing how some trolling 'fans' start becoming interested in our boards and suck like leeches until the game and beyond. However, who can blame them, particularly living in Sheffield... sea poole
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3:17pm Sun 17 Feb 13

cherrygood says...

As Eddie said, we were very slow to adapt to a poor pitch, i for one couldn't see much grass on it. Dean Court next week will be ten times better for playing football on the deck. Infact with the weather hopefully improving over the coming weeks the pitches should become more condusive to our style of football.
As Eddie said, we were very slow to adapt to a poor pitch, i for one couldn't see much grass on it. Dean Court next week will be ten times better for playing football on the deck. Infact with the weather hopefully improving over the coming weeks the pitches should become more condusive to our style of football. cherrygood
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4:11pm Sun 17 Feb 13

dustbindanny says...

3 strikers on the pitch and not one shot for the preston keeper to save in the second half, that must worry us a little bit ?
3 strikers on the pitch and not one shot for the preston keeper to save in the second half, that must worry us a little bit ? dustbindanny
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5:19pm Sun 17 Feb 13

West moors 1 says...

If Pugh wasn't totally fit why play him, we have a good squad with players ready to take their chance. Tubbs for one! We have to play to our strengths and we have a great team, just don't tinker too much and leaving O'Kane out in my view was a mistake. But what do I know, EH will get the team on the right track and with a full house on Saturday, we the fans can do our bit. Up the cherries!
If Pugh wasn't totally fit why play him, we have a good squad with players ready to take their chance. Tubbs for one! We have to play to our strengths and we have a great team, just don't tinker too much and leaving O'Kane out in my view was a mistake. But what do I know, EH will get the team on the right track and with a full house on Saturday, we the fans can do our bit. Up the cherries! West moors 1
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6:08pm Sun 17 Feb 13

mossy 1 says...

sea poole wrote:
Amazing how some trolling 'fans' start becoming interested in our boards and suck like leeches until the game and beyond. However, who can blame them, particularly living in Sheffield...
Best to ignore these bores telling us how good they are and what they will do to us,simply(or is it simple?) wums,we know what we are capable of and that`s to overturn a 19point deficit and be top of the league a few weeks earlier than we knew we would be.
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: Amazing how some trolling 'fans' start becoming interested in our boards and suck like leeches until the game and beyond. However, who can blame them, particularly living in Sheffield...[/p][/quote]Best to ignore these bores telling us how good they are and what they will do to us,simply(or is it simple?) wums,we know what we are capable of and that`s to overturn a 19point deficit and be top of the league a few weeks earlier than we knew we would be. mossy 1
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6:42pm Sun 17 Feb 13

bmthtillidie says...

Sorry Eddie, thought you got the tactics wrong in the 2nd half. Pitman was lost playing behind Grabs and Tubbs. Poor Ritchie must be dizzy with the position changes, left back at Crewe, starts right wing at Preston, left wing in 2nd half then some kind of central midfield, strikes me as a bit of desparation. We play 4-4-2 best and should stick to it so the players have some consistent sturcture. By all means change the players round according to form and fitness but too many changes will lead to confusion and inconsistency. The Preston respone to us going 3-5-2 was them going 4-5-1 so nothing was gained. But I still believe in Eddie. He'll get us promotion. UTCIAD

P.S. Is it a coincidence we loose to Walsall on their rubbish pitch and then to Preston on a very simililar heavily rolled mud pitch devoid of grass?
Sorry Eddie, thought you got the tactics wrong in the 2nd half. Pitman was lost playing behind Grabs and Tubbs. Poor Ritchie must be dizzy with the position changes, left back at Crewe, starts right wing at Preston, left wing in 2nd half then some kind of central midfield, strikes me as a bit of desparation. We play 4-4-2 best and should stick to it so the players have some consistent sturcture. By all means change the players round according to form and fitness but too many changes will lead to confusion and inconsistency. The Preston respone to us going 3-5-2 was them going 4-5-1 so nothing was gained. But I still believe in Eddie. He'll get us promotion. UTCIAD P.S. Is it a coincidence we loose to Walsall on their rubbish pitch and then to Preston on a very simililar heavily rolled mud pitch devoid of grass? bmthtillidie
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6:44pm Sun 17 Feb 13

East Stand Steve says...

Usually Eddie's post match comments are on the ball, but if he didn't think that the problems were tactical, I am amazed.
Playing Pugh whe he knew he was sick wasn't that clever. Playing Painter and Seaborne as a left sided defensive partnership was also a bit dodgy. As Painters go, he's no Rembrandt - more a case of Jackson Pollocks. Playing MacDonald on such a heavy pitch for the full 90 minutes was also unwise.
Don't forget about this performance Eddie - get someone to remind you of it at regular intervals. Then it may not happen again.
Usually Eddie's post match comments are on the ball, but if he didn't think that the problems were tactical, I am amazed. Playing Pugh whe he knew he was sick wasn't that clever. Playing Painter and Seaborne as a left sided defensive partnership was also a bit dodgy. As Painters go, he's no Rembrandt - more a case of Jackson Pollocks. Playing MacDonald on such a heavy pitch for the full 90 minutes was also unwise. Don't forget about this performance Eddie - get someone to remind you of it at regular intervals. Then it may not happen again. East Stand Steve
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6:57pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Red & White Dragon says...

So who do you think are the real automatic promotion candidates. Some interesting stats for you, over the last 6 and 8 games points gained:-
last 8......6 games
Yeovil 24 and 18
Swindon 16 and 10
Bournemouth 16 and 15
Doncaster 14 and 10
Tranmere 12 and 6
Sheff utd 11 and 10
Brentford 10 and 8
Walsall 19 and 13
Yeovil are miles out in front, Walsall have alot of ground to make up. Brentford look out to me. The rest look pretty close. Who do you guys see as the main contenders.
So who do you think are the real automatic promotion candidates. Some interesting stats for you, over the last 6 and 8 games points gained:- last 8......6 games Yeovil 24 and 18 Swindon 16 and 10 Bournemouth 16 and 15 Doncaster 14 and 10 Tranmere 12 and 6 Sheff utd 11 and 10 Brentford 10 and 8 Walsall 19 and 13 Yeovil are miles out in front, Walsall have alot of ground to make up. Brentford look out to me. The rest look pretty close. Who do you guys see as the main contenders. Red & White Dragon
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7:32pm Sun 17 Feb 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Red & White Dragon wrote:
So who do you think are the real automatic promotion candidates. Some interesting stats for you, over the last 6 and 8 games points gained:-
last 8......6 games
Yeovil 24 and 18
Swindon 16 and 10
Bournemouth 16 and 15
Doncaster 14 and 10
Tranmere 12 and 6
Sheff utd 11 and 10
Brentford 10 and 8
Walsall 19 and 13
Yeovil are miles out in front, Walsall have alot of ground to make up. Brentford look out to me. The rest look pretty close. Who do you guys see as the main contenders.
With so many 6 pointers to be played within this mini league it's impossable to call it at the moment. Ask the same question in 6 weeks, things will be a lot clearer by then.!!!.
[quote][p][bold]Red & White Dragon[/bold] wrote: So who do you think are the real automatic promotion candidates. Some interesting stats for you, over the last 6 and 8 games points gained:- last 8......6 games Yeovil 24 and 18 Swindon 16 and 10 Bournemouth 16 and 15 Doncaster 14 and 10 Tranmere 12 and 6 Sheff utd 11 and 10 Brentford 10 and 8 Walsall 19 and 13 Yeovil are miles out in front, Walsall have alot of ground to make up. Brentford look out to me. The rest look pretty close. Who do you guys see as the main contenders.[/p][/quote]With so many 6 pointers to be played within this mini league it's impossable to call it at the moment. Ask the same question in 6 weeks, things will be a lot clearer by then.!!!. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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8:07pm Sun 17 Feb 13

raybren says...

Although Eddie has said otherwise,don't
want to rush him,he's carrying an injury,
I think Ryan Fraser is going to be a key
player.
I know somebody from Aberdeen who
can't believe he hasn't appeared yet!
He is the real deal.
Although Eddie has said otherwise,don't want to rush him,he's carrying an injury, I think Ryan Fraser is going to be a key player. I know somebody from Aberdeen who can't believe he hasn't appeared yet! He is the real deal. raybren
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9:56pm Sun 17 Feb 13

big_afcb_fan says...

Hope Creepy Crawley do us a favour against donny tomorrow night, and ideally a draw on Tuesday between Tranmere and Swindle/ or a Tranmere win......get those nails ready for biting!!
Hope Creepy Crawley do us a favour against donny tomorrow night, and ideally a draw on Tuesday between Tranmere and Swindle/ or a Tranmere win......get those nails ready for biting!! big_afcb_fan
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10:16pm Mon 18 Feb 13

jakeysredd says...

Ginger-nutz wrote:
think you guys will find that Blades are a far better side away from Bramall Lane.
.
Donny play Yeovil too at the weekend, so two victores for STFC by then will open up a gap for us at the top...
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Enjoy your second home defeat of the season saturday ;-)
.
Steady Eddie aint so steady, and big time charlies wll come unstuck :-)
Enjoy not having dick cannio enjoy the slip down the league ,
[quote][p][bold]Ginger-nutz[/bold] wrote: think you guys will find that Blades are a far better side away from Bramall Lane. . Donny play Yeovil too at the weekend, so two victores for STFC by then will open up a gap for us at the top... . Enjoy your second home defeat of the season saturday ;-) . Steady Eddie aint so steady, and big time charlies wll come unstuck :-)[/p][/quote]Enjoy not having dick cannio enjoy the slip down the league , jakeysredd
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