BOSS Eddie Howe admitted Cherries only had themselves to blame for their 2-0 defeat at relegation-battlers Cardiff City.

The hosts took the lead five minutes in when Bobby Reid converted from the spot after Steve Cook had handled in the box.

And Reid doubled the advantage 16 seconds into the second half when he beat the offside trap, skipped past keeper Artur Boruc and slotted home.

Howe said: “What made it very difficult for us was the way we conceded the first goal, straight away.

“We gave them a huge lift by conceding, especially in the manner we conceded as well. It was quite a strange goal.

“Goals always change games and at the start of both halves, we made it very difficult for ourselves and never fully recovered.”

Howe’s men had delivered a superb performance in thumping Chelsea 4-0 three days previously.

The boss added: "It's hugely disappointing because we really wanted to build on what we'd done.

"We felt the result against Chelsea could be a really good turning point.

"We've been searching for consistency this season but we've never felt we've really broken that.

"We have got a lot of time to reflect now and focus on Liverpool.

"But we have to sort out our inconsistencies, that's going to be our biggest challenge."