DEFENDER Charlie Daniels admitted Cherries had dipped below their usual high standards as their club-record unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an abrupt end at Huddersfield.

Boss Eddie Howe conceded he had taken few positives from Cherries' showing at John Smith's Stadium and said it would have been difficult for him to praise any individual player for their performance.

Alex Pritchard, a £12million buy from Norwich in January, put the Terriers ahead after just seven minutes as Cherries again shipped an early goal.

And although the visitors replied when Junior Stanislas guided a delicate low finish just inside the post from a Ryan Fraser cross six minutes later, that was as good as it got for Cherries.

Steve Mounie nodded the hosts back in front from Aaron Mooy's free-kick – as Huddersfield registered as many goals in 27 minutes as they had in their previous seven league games.

Breathing space finally came for the Terriers via an own goal when Mounie's first-time shot deflected off Steve Cook before Rajiv van la Parra converted a late penalty to add further gloss to the win.

Cherries' first defeat since losing 4-0 at Manchester City at the end of December marked the end of a seven-match unbeaten run which has taken them from the bottom three to the top half of the table.

Daniels told the club website: "We weren't good enough, on and off the ball. We lost too many challenges and it costs you.

"We know it was nowhere near good enough and far below the standard we have set ourselves.

"We had some unbelievable support and to see just how many people made the journey, we can only apologise and can't thank them enough for coming. Hopefully, we can put things right for them."

Without a fixture next weekend having been knocked out of the FA Cup, Cherries resume their Premier League campaign at Vitality Stadium against Newcastle on February 24.

Cherries old boy Matt Ritchie netted his first top-flight goal for the Toon Army in their crucial 1-0 win over Manchester United at St James' Park today.

Daniels added: "It can be a positive and a negative having the gap. It is nice to play games quickly after a defeat but we have a good training period ahead.

"We have been on a good run getting to seven unbeaten Premier League games and have to rectify those standards in training ahead of the Newcastle game."

Boss Howe was at a loss to explain Cherries' below-par showing. He told the BBC: "It was a backward step for us. We have been so good in recent weeks where the intensity levels in our game have been very high.

"We have outworked teams and, because of that, on the ball, we have been very good and looked really threatening in front of goal.

"All those things were missing today. We weren't good physically, we dropped a level with our intensity, we didn't win the duels and, because of that, we gave a very poor performance."