CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe backed his players to make "mature" decisions over penalty-taking.

Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson have scored from the spot this season but Joshua King converted from 12 yards against Leicester City on Saturday.

All three players were on the pitch at the time but having been fouled, King seized the ball and coolly slotted past Kasper Schmeichel after a lengthy delay.

Howe told the Daily Echo: "We tend to give the freedom to the players to identify who wants to take it. I've never been a big believer in naming a taker so whoever is confident will take it.

"From my perspective, it's difficult because they have all taken penalties, they have all scored and they will all want the penalty. But I back the team to be mature enough to make the right decision on the pitch.

"What if Joshua isn't on the pitch? Who is going to take it then? How many do you have on your list? I think it's up to your players to say 'I want this penalty and I'm going to put it away'.

"I think Joshua will now say he is our penalty-taker while he is on the pitch but that can change very quickly."