CALLUM Wilson admitted Cherries had afforded Manchester City too much respect – but insisted his team could still have taken something away from Etihad Stadium.

City had the better of the opening quarter and took a deserved lead when Bernardo Silva steered coolly home after keeper Asmir Begovic had blocked Leroy Sane’s shot.

However, Cherries grew in confidence and striker Wilson rose superbly to head home Simon Francis’s perfectly-weighted delivery with the interval looming.

A chance slipped away at the start of the second period when Joshua King’s cross dropped a fraction past the far post, Charlie Daniels steaming in a fraction too late to divert into the net.

And City then cranked up their efforts, Raheem Sterling’s deflected effort hitting the post before the England man converted from close range four minutes later.

Several presentable chances went begging for the hosts but Ilkay Gundogan tapped home substitute David Silva’s low cross to put the game to bed.

Reflecting on the contest, Wilson said: “Before their first goal and after they scored, we were giving them a bit too much respect – dropping a bit deep.

“But we started being a bit braver and getting on the front foot. We were a goal down so we needed to get closer to them. We started to do that and got our reward.

“It was a good scoreline at half-time and we came out and had a few good moments before they went 2-1 ahead.

“If we had been a bit more clinical and ruthless, we would have got something out of the game.”

Defeat in Manchester meant Cherries were without a win in four Premier League fixtures.

But Wilson and co have the chance to return to winning ways when they lock horns with Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.

The frontman said: “In three of the past four games apart from Newcastle, we have played well and it’s been fine margins which have cost us results.

“It’s time to put it right and everyone will be working hard on Tuesday to make sure we do that.

“Huddersfield is a big game for us. We need the points and are going to be fighting for them.”

Cherries boss Eddie Howe felt his team had not come closer to earning a positive Premier League result against Manchester City on their travels.

The Dorset club had suffered two 4-0 losses and a 5-1 defeat in previous top-flight games away to the north west giants.

Howe said: “It’s the closest we’ve come. We limited them in terms of clear-cut chances and their goals came at bad times for us.

“But we didn’t look too vulnerable. They had a lot of the ball but it was in front of us and we were happy with that.

“We had some good moments on the counter-attack and had a lot of set-piece opportunities, as well as a couple of moments which went against us."