GRAEME Souness has questioned Cherries' approach of passing the ball out from the back after they conceded their Premier League goals against tally reached 300 yesterday.

Eddie Howe's men fell behind in the first half when goalkeeper Mark Travers exchanged passes with Simon Francis from a short goal-kick, before his clearance was intercepted.

Further goals in the second half from Troy Deeney and Roberto Pereyra took the overall figure to 300 conceded since promotion to the top flight in 2015, the most of any club in that same period.

And former Liverpool, Blackburn and Newcastle boss Souness, who holds a season ticket at Vitality Stadium, has doubts over Cherries' style of play.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Souness said: "In four-and-a-half years of being in the Premier League, they've now conceded 300 goals. That's the worst in the Premier League and that's why they're down there struggling.

"They've got to come up with a way of winning games, be more pragmatic. I hate the term 'we're trying to play the game the right way'. If it's not for the group of players you have, it's not the right way.

"By that I mean we see it time and time again. Man City is the main reason everyone tries to play a certain way out from the back, but they don't have the same quality of players.

"You look at that Bournemouth game (against Watford), they're rolling the ball out and if you're a defender with the ball, sometimes you see the number on the back of your midfielder's shirt. He's not wanting the ball.

"You're having to take an extra touch and end up making a pass that you don't want and then it gets caught out.

"It staggers me that so many teams try and play like that when they've not got the players who are really comfortable doing that.

"There's nothing wrong with that at certain times in the game but you don't start like that and stick with it all the way through.

"People say it's the right way of playing, if it's not for the group of players you have it's certainly not the right way.

"I would suggest if you've conceded 300 goals, it's not the right way to play."