Eddie Howe has expressed his frustration with Manchester City’s stoppage time winner, which stole a well-deserved point from the south coast side.
The Englishman praised his team’s passionate performance at Saturday lunchtime, but also affirmed that he wanted more to show for the Cherries’ efforts: “I am really pleased with the players, they were dogged and disciplined…but we had our chances to win it too, so it’s hugely frustrating.”
A sunny day at the Vitality couldn’t have started any better for the home team, who dominated the early proceedings and found the breakthrough. Charlie Daniels steadied a half-clearance from Vincent Kompany, before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the far corner.
Howe didn’t hold back in his praise for the audacious strike: “It is an incredible strike. I didn’t expect him to shoot from there or to even see it go in. The power he got on it, the ability to keep it down, it really is a special goal.”
However, despite the impressive start, Bournemouth rapidly conceded an equaliser, through Gabriel Jesus’ comfortable slotted finish. And as the game ticked towards the end of additional time, the away side stole all three points in dramatic fashion.
Raheem Sterling was on hand to poke home a drilled delivery into the box, thanks in part to a deflection off a Cherries player, that saw the ball loop agonisingly past Asmir Begovic.
The Bournemouth manager expressed his disappointment at conceding such a late goal, which sees the Cherries hold no points after the opening three games of this season’s Premier League.
“Our aim for the second-half was to kill the game. We’re not frustrated at the goal being scored when it was scored, but more up the other end.
“We were looking to counter-attack and there was a foul given against Lys Mousset. He made a perfectly good tackle and then they went on to score from that attack. So that’s what we’re more frustrated about.”
Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, was full of admiration for Raheem Sterling, whose late strike saw his team return to the Etihad with all three points.
“He has the ability to go 1 vs 1, to attack and be aggressive…I learn from him; the players are the talent!”
However, what turned out to be a successful day for Guardiola’s men was marred slightly by Raheem Sterling being shown a red card by referee Mike Dean, as the player celebrated with the away fans after his effort hit the back of the net.
“If you cannot celebrate with the fans then the best solution is not to invite the fans,” Guardiola said. “I would like someone to comment, to see what happened. After scoring the goal you can imagine how happy he is, how happy the fans are.”
The Spaniard also stressed how important leaving the Vitality with maximum points was for his team.
“The big clubs, when they don’t play good, they win. We were playing good, we won 2-1…we always try to make a good process to keep the ball.”
Bournemouth’s next fixture is a tricky away trip to Arsenal, whilst Manchester City will take on Liverpool.