Here are the thoughts from both Eddie Howe and Chris Hughton in their post-match interviews from Tuesday Night.
There were two different looking managers in the post-match press conferences after AFC Bournemouth saw off Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 after extra time thanks to a goal from substitute Joshua King. A much more relieved looking Cherries boss; Howe had positives and negatives to take from his sides two recent performances against Brighton. Whereas, Hughton looked dejected after failing to win at the Vitality Stadium again after their first meeting four days earlier. Although he may have been disappointed with the results, he weighed up a lot of positives to take back with him to Sussex.
After the game Howe had this to say: “It was a strange game, it was very similar to the game we had on Friday night where we dominated the ball, the big difference between the two games were the chances we created tonight.”
Howe admitted that although they could have been a lot more clinical with the chances created he remained positive. “I thought it was a very good performance; we had to be patient and the danger in those games where you don’t score after creating lots of chances is that you could concede down the other end of the pitch. I felt that the lads at the back did very well to break down Brighton’s build up play and deny them any clear chances.”
Speaking about the Junior Stanislas’ chance that was blocked from three yards out, “I have to admit I thought it was in to be honest, I mean Junior is a very reliable finisher and I thought he did very well on his comeback from injury. That was his first real match action in a long time. Maybe on another day he would have put that one away.”
When asked about the next steps for Stanislas; Howe said “Well he will train with us and the medical team will continue to monitor how he gets on with us. This was his first game at all back from injury so he had no behind closed doors friendly or U23 fixture to play. For him to play 60 odd minutes is superb for us. Whether he is ready or not for a return to the Premier League we will have to wait and see.”
When commenting about the two performances Howe said “I’m very pleased with the two performances we’ve seen and it shows the quality of our squad is stronger, than last season.” Howe made nine changes to the side that played just four days earlier.
Commenting on the opposition, Howe said: “Brighton are a very good side, it was difficult to break them down and it was very similar to the other game when we had to be patient to get the goal but I felt we deserved to win the game.”
Talking about King and Jermain Defoe getting off the mark this season, the Cherries boss said: “It’s very good for us, Jermain and Josh getting off the mark, there are big moments in the games for us, you need your strikers to be full of confidence and able to score and hopefully this will bring them the world of good for them and us going forward.”
When asked about the positives he could take from the game, Hughton said: “The positives we can take is that we have got some important players valuable minutes on the pitch. Jose (Izquierdo), has had very little minutes. Tonight was his first start for us and I felt he had a really good game created lots of chances and caused a lot of problems for their defenders. Another one, Gaetan Bong, hasn’t even had a pre-season, so to play 120 minutes is fantastic.”
When asked about his side’s performance, “For large periods of the game we restricted them to slim chances. For what they have got which is real quality at that end of the pitch.”
But despite the positives from the Seagulls manager, he couldn’t feel anything but frustration, “Really disappointed that we didn’t get a result or even push them to penalties because I felt the longer the game went the more we were going to get that equaliser.”
Both sides now look forward to Premier league action this weekend with the Cherries travelling to Ronald Koeman’s Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, whereas Hughton’s men have an extra day of recovery as they host Newcastle United at the AMEX stadium on Sunday.