Written by Akshay Kulkarni (@ImpatientPedant)
Eddie Howe expressed disappointment that his Cherries team didn’t win their home fixture against Manchester United on Saturday.
Borunemouth had made a frantic start to the match, with Callum Wilson scoring an 11th minute goal. The Cherries should have put the match out of sight, with notable chances for Ryan Fraser, David Brooks, and Junior Stanislas in the first half.
However, an Anthony Martial goal before halftime changed things, and United were on top for the second half. Marcus Rashford scored at the death to condemn Bournemouth to their third league defeat.
It was a match that Bournemouth deserved as much as United did, and Howe said as much.
The Cherries manager said, “It’s a tough one today. I thought the aspects of our play were really good today, especially during the opening period.
“Really good intensity to the play, created a lot of good chances. The disappointment at half-time is that we weren’t winning, in terms of our performance I felt we deserved to be leading by more than one.”
Howe, though disappointed, did highlight some positives from the loss: “Very pleased with the player’s attitudes to the game, and they gave everything to the match.
“There were so many good things to come from the game. One of the best first-half performances we’ve seen in the Premier League since we’ve been promoted. I can’t fault anyone in terms of effort.”
On Martial’s first goal, which turned the tide in the Red Devils’ favour, Howe said: “We were especially disappointed with the first goal, because that could have easily been avoided. That’s what cost us the game.”
United’s substitutes, especially Rashford who scored the winner, was also another reason Bournemouth lost the match. When asked about the substitutions, Howe said: “You know they’ve got the capability if they need to – they can bring on players that can make a difference. I believe we have the capability to do the same.
“I think the momentum of the game had changed at that stage [in the second half], they’d changed things tactically. We were struggling to deal with that at that moment in the game. Despite that, we still had a couple of chances on the counter attack to score, so it was nip and tuck.
“I think there was always a feeling that there was another goal in the game, it’s just unfortunate it wasn’t for us.”
The focus then turned to the upcoming international break. Goalscorer Callum Wilson was talked up for an international callup given his amazing start, and Howe was very positive about the 26-year-old.
“I think that Callum’s been unbelievable to work with since he’s come to this football club, he’s continued to score goals. Again he was a real threat during that first half when we were on top. He was a nuisance with his pace and strength, and took his goal really well. Another really good performance from him.”
Though Howe ended up highlighting a lot of positives in his post-match briefing, the Cherries boss will be hurting from that stoppage time winner. Given that Bournemouth face Manchester City and Arsenal soon, he will know that his side need to regroup quick.