EDDIE Howe insisted “I have to credit Bournemouth” for their performance in beating his Newcastle United side at the weekend.

A Dominic Solanke brace earned Cherries a fully deserved 2-0 victory at Vitality Stadium, Magpies goalkeeper Nick Pope in fine form to keep the score down.

The win lifted Andoni Iraola’s men up to 17th in the Premier League table, while Newcastle, who are competing in the Champions League this year, sit seventh.

Discussing their form on the road, picking up just five points from six matches, ex-Cherries boss Howe said: “We’re well aware of our away record probably not being what we would like it to be.

“I think we’ve been a little bit unfortunate, the couple of draws at West Ham and Wolves maybe give an unfair reflection on some of our performances.

“But you go away from home and they are very difficult games. (Saturday) was a difficult game.

“I have to credit Bournemouth. I thought they played very well.

“But that’s certainly something we’ll reflect on.”

He added: “There’s no excuses from my side.

“I think it’s vitally important that we take ownership of the performance and that starts from me, I have to take ownership of what we’ve delivered (on Saturday) and it’s not been good enough.”