EDDIE Howe says his side "should've won that game comfortably" after being taken to a penalty shoot-out by Forest Green Rovers.

Cherries had multiple chances throughout the evening at Vitality Stadium with Jack Stacey, Joshua King and Dominic Solanke going closest to breaking the deadlock.

But penalties were required after the game finished goalless with Howe's men triumphing 3-0 on spot-kicks to book a third round trip to Burton Albion.

Asked for his emotion after squeezing past the League Two outfit, Howe told the Daily Echo: "Really relieved. I think it was a very tough game and full credit to Forest Green, they defended well and they made it difficult. They got bodies behind the ball and their goalkeeper played well.

"We're kicking ourselves, we should've won that game comfortably, we had enough chances to do it.

"We weren't clinical in front of goal. I thought we were pretty good between both boxes but when we really needed to show the quality and the composure just to get the final bit right, we panicked a little bit and that's the big frustration."

He continued: "I thought we applied ourselves fine, I think the attitude of the players was very good.

"I thought the mindset was good, there was a real want and desire to do well tonight. I think sometimes you can almost want to score too much, too badly and then you start to overthink and overstretch and overdo things.

"Our standards are high and we know we should've put the game to bed a lot earlier."

Howe made nine changes from the side which lost to Manchester City on Sunday. Asked if anyone had caught his eye ahead of this weekend's trip to Leicester City, he said: "I think overall the performance was pretty good, so that means I've been given some nice things to go home and think about and think how certain players can step up into the Premier League team.

"It’s good that we’ve still got the strength in depth with all the injuries that we’ve got, we’ve still got the strength in depth to make the number of changes we did, give a lot of opportunities to young players and for them to step up and show that they can play.

"Overall I think it was a very positive night."