Eddie Howe rues missed chances against deadly Manchester City

Eddie Howe

Written by Frankie Rudland (@RudlandFrankie) from the Vitality Stadium 

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe bemoaned his sides lack of killer instinct after a frustrating loss left The Cherries manager wondering what could have been.

Raheem Sterling took his goal tally to five for the season whilst Aguero notched a double on the day. The Cherries were stunned by a clinical Manchester City side that produced a devastating display of counter attacking football to claim a 3-1 away win.

Bournemouth did manage to find the back of the net in sublime fashion. Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson curled in a potential goal of the season just shy of half-time, yet Howe believes there were more goals to be had by Bournemouth: “We did have our chances and that’s the most frustrating thing today.

“Out of our previous encounters against Manchester City this is the most creative we’ve been by a long way.

“We were a constant menace to them. Physically we were good, we were viscous with the ball and they had to really dig in.”

Despite Howe’s obvious disappointment, he believes there were notable improvements on last season’s performances against The Mancunians: “I think when we played them last year, we had a lot of injuries and it was a bit stretched. The team I was able to pick today had a lot of pace and power in it.

“I thought we were efficient in situations we needed to be. We were a lot better on the ball, good on the counter and the bravery was there today. It’s obviously frustrating to lose but there are a lot of positives to take.”

Aside from the result, a suspected knee injury sustained by veteran left-back Charlie Daniels overshadowed the day. Daniels, who spent much of last season side-lined through injury, was carried off on a stretcher early in the first half, and Howe stated the severity of the injury is not yet known.

“I don’t know exactly what he’s done but when you see someone go off on a stretcher in the amount of pain he was in you fear the worst.

“It’s a real blow for the club as he’s such a valued member of the squad, and such a popular player.

“He’s worked incredibly hard to come back so it’s tough for him, but I know he’s got the strength in character to do it again and he’ll have a lot of support.”

Bournemouth host Forest Green Rovers in the League Cup on Wednesday before returning to Premier League action against Brenden Rodgers’ Leicester on the weekend.