The Cherries extended their five game unbeaten run in domestic competitions after scraping past Championship side Norwich at the Vitality on Tuesday night.
The home side advance on to the next round thanks to goals from Junior Stanislas and Steve Cook either side of a Onel Hernandez equalizer for the Canaries.
The home side broke the deadlock on the 39th minute mark, as Stanislas managed to weave through the Norwich back line before rifling the ball into the roof of the net beyond the outstretched fingertips of Michael McGovern.
The visitors however did boast more chances throughout the half despite the Cherries’ lead and were unlucky to find themselves behind at the interval, with Dennis Srbeny striking the post for the Canaries just minutes before the half time whistle. Srbeny also found himself denied by a very good Artur Boruc stop in response to Stanislas’ opener.
Eddie Howe’s side slowly gained control and composure throughout the second half, but a surge of Norwich attacks eventually led to Onel Hernandez sliding the ball under Boruc after a superb first touch, silencing the home crowd in the Vitality.
Despite this, Bournemouth responded with immediate effect as centre back Steve Cook reacted tremendously to drill a shot low and hard from a corner ball in a tightly packed area to restore the Cherries’ lead a mere two minutes after Hernandez’s equaliser.
Talking in a post match press conference, Howe said:
“It was a tough night for us, Norwich played very well. They’re an improving team and based on today they will take some stopping in the Championship.”
“The most positive aspect of the game is that we won, it’s the only positive I can think of.”
The Cherries boss also added that his side looked “disjointed” and that they “lacked sharpness” in a disappointing performance. “They had some good opportunities which they didn’t take and Arter made some good saves. It won’t be a game we dwell on too much.”
When questioned about Simon Francis’ injury concern, Howe suggested the defender had a tweaked groin, meanwhile fellow defender Tyrone Mings is recovering from concussion.
Despite a below par performance Bournemouth will no doubt take on Manchester United on Saturday full of confidence and belief. The Cherries’ therefore extend their unbeaten run meanwhile Norwich’s winning streak come to an end.