EDDIE Howe admitted Jermain Defoe’s sensational equaliser against Crystal Palace had been one of Cherries’ best individual goals in the Premier League.

Defoe drew the visitors level moments before half-time when he fastened on to Lewis Cook’s measured long ball and sent a spectacular half-volley into the net from an improbable angle.

And Howe felt the England international’s breathtaking effort had been a leading contender for Cherries’ best goal since their elevation to the top flight.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “In terms of a piece of individual ability, I think it’s right up there.

“We have scored some really good team goals. Our second goal today was more two bits of brilliance from two individuals, Lewis Cook and Jermain.

“It came at a key time of the game because there was no way we deserved to be 2-1 down going into half-time and it gave everybody a lift to see us draw level.”

Former Tottenham and West Ham frontman Defoe had previously netted just once since joining Cherries from Sunderland in the summer.

Howe added: “I think his all-round play has been very good since he arrived at the club. Those goals were coming.

“I’m pleased they came today and I back him to score more.”