HARRY Arter admitted he would use the disappointment of being dropped as motivation to make sure it does not happen again.

Arter delivered a typically dynamic performance in the clash with Manchester City on Monday, having made a goalscoring return to Eddie Howe’s side in the 6-3 loss at Everton.

And the 27-year-old admitted he was left reeling when he was relegated to the bench as Howe tweaked his side following a defeat at Hull City.

Arter told the Daily Echo: "It was disappointing. I won’t shy away from that. I did not like not playing.

"I probably didn’t take it as well as some players do.

"I was very disappointed. But the way I went about my work was to get my head down, work hard and try to get back in the team.

"I didn't say too much to the manager. I understand it’s a game, people have to sit out sometimes.

"I used my disappointment as my motivation to try to make sure it doesn’t happen to me again."

Arter had started all of Cherries' 21 Premier League games prior to being left out of the starting line-up for last month's draw with Watford.

His magnificent early season form provided the foundation for a string of irrepressible Cherries displays, accomplished enough to prompt talk of a top-10 finish.

That optimism has since given way to concerns about matters at the wrong end of the table – but Arter insisted he recognised signs of his team rediscovering their real selves during the 2-0 defeat by City.

"It is difficult because you don’t like losing and you don’t like slipping down the league," said Arter.

"But I don’t think it’s had too much of an adverse effect on our confidence.

"Against Manchester City – and during the second-half at Everton – we delivered real Bournemouth performances.

"I felt the fans were far happier following the City match than they have been after previous games – and we can take that into the rest of the season."

Arter had seen a fizzing drive pushed round the post by City number one Willy Caballero just two minutes before Tyrone Mings' own goal had sealed Cherries fate against Pep Guardiola's team,

"There were some key moments in the game that went against us – and moments like that are huge," added the Ireland international.

"The second goal was always going to be the sucker punch.

"They are not going to lose a two-goal lead with the quality they have.

"Before the game the manager said if we were to have a chance of getting anything it would be through pure hard work.

"I thought we delivered that in abundance, there wasn't one player who didn’t give his all.

"Our physical outputs were very high and sometimes you just have to respect your opponents.

"But if we play like that for the rest of the season, and all it is, is work-rate, I have no doubt we will be fine.”