Written by Adam McGroarty (@AdamMcGroarty1) from the Vitality Stadium
Speaking after his side were involved in a 2-2 draw against West Ham on Saturday, Eddie Howe insisted there’s more to come from his side.
Joshua King and Callum Wilson scored for the home side after Andriy Yarmolenko got the visitors ahead. Howe’s side were also denied a third goal by VAR, before Aaron Cresswell blasted The Hammers level with just 15 minutes remaining.
After going toe-to-toe with a side who beat Manchester United last week, Howe still believes his side have more to give. He said: “I still don’t think we’ve hit our best yet. There were some good signs today, but there’s definitely more to come.
“I know how good these players are. We are picking up results when we have not been at our best, so that’s a positive.”
The Cherries’ boss also praised the courage of his side to come back from a losing position. He said: “We fought our way back into the game so well, especially after conceding so early on. It was a great game, I’m sure the neutral fans would have loved it.”
Nathan Ake had a goal ruled out to give the home side a two goal advantage after a VAR check showed Solanke standing in front of the goalkeeper with the ball deflecting off the Englishman.
We were on both sides of the coin today
With VAR also confirming AFC Bournemouth’s first goal should have stood, Howe stated his team experienced both the good and the bad sides of the technology. He said: “We were on both sides of the coin today. It’s great when the decision works in your favour, but it can also be gutting when you have a goal ruled out.”
Howe was also asked to shed light on what looked to be a heated moment on the touchline between the two managers. He said: “No, not heated, we were just discussing a few VAR calls. Everyone has got their own different opinions to decisions, so there was no problem.”
Remarkably, when Manuel Pellegrini was asked to tell his side of the story, his answer was contradicting to Howe’s, stating he never spoke to the AFC Bournemouth boss about a VAR decision.
Simon Francis was integrated in a Premier League squad for the first time this season after recovering from injury. Howe opted to introduce the defender as a replacement for Stacey due to his experience. He said: “I trust Simon when there’s a few minutes to go. He’s a big player for us, his experience is a real big boost for us.”
AFC Bournemouth will now prepare to face Arsenal next weekend at the Emirates Stadium, a place where they are yet to win in the Premier League.