Words by Dan Davis (@dan_davis20)
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admitted his delight with his side’s 4-2 victory over Leicester City.
Cherries’ clinical finishing was enough to brush aside Claude Puel’s outfit, with a brace from flying Scotsman Ryan Fraser, a Josh King penalty and Adam Smith’s late finish firing the home side to another Premier League win.
Despite the visitors dominating possession in the early stages, Cherries opened the scoring with their first shot on target – Fraser’s bending effort nestling beyond Schmeichel and into the far corner.
The Scot then doubled the lead on 37 minutes, after latching onto Callum Wilson’s defence-splitting pass and tucking neatly past the Foxes goalkeeper.
After the game, his manager admitted his delight with the Scot: “He can go wherever he wants to go, with his age, attitude, he has a really bright future. The key thing for him is believing how good he is and he’s reinforcing that himself with his goal and performance.”
Fraser was believed to be an injury doubt before the game, after suffering a hamstring problem. But Howe explained he was ‘confident’ the wideman would be ready to face the Foxes.
“It was just a case of managing his training and he looked fresh today which is great.”
Following Fraser’s first-half double, King increased the Cherries’ lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time.
The home side’s fourth goal came from an unlikely goal scorer, as full-back Smith drove a crisp drive inside Schmeichel’s near post – the Cherries’ fifth attempt on target.
Howe explained: “We’ve created lots of chances and haven’t been taking them so it’s good to see that change in our performance today.
“The majority of our defending throughout the game was good too, but we can learn a lot from that last period of play.”
A late Foxes flurry threatened to put a dampener on a convincing Cherries victory, after goals from James Maddison and Marc Albrighton set up a nervy end to the game.
“When they scored their first, we needed a better reaction.” Howe admitted.
“The mindset should be to keep clean sheets and I don’t think we used the ball enough when we had the advantage in the final part of the game.”
The Cherries manager also complimented his squad, after the victory at the Vitality Stadium yesterday lifted the south coast side to the lofty heights of fifth place.
Howe said: “The players here all look fit and that’s shown in the work they’ve put in during the international break. They’ve shown a really good attitude and that showed today.”