EDDIE Howe felt Harry Arter had picked up where he had left off after making his first appearance for Cherries in six months.

Midfielder Arter started Wednesday’s 1-0 League Cup defeat at Liverpool having recovered from a persistent groin problem.

And manager Howe was delighted to see the former Woking man – who featured for 71 minutes before being substituted – slot seamlessly into the first-team fold.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “It’s difficult when you have been out for so long but I don’t think you would have known looking at his performance that he’d been out.

“He covered every blade of grass like he usually does but I think the most impressive thing was that his touch, feel for the ball and awareness were still there.

“He was very motivated, which you would expect given that he had a long time out, and the normal Harry Arter played, so that was a good thing.

“For a first display in a long time, I thought he was very good.

“He is a key part of our squad so to get him back boosts not just the club but the players as well as he is a big personality within the squad.”