Howe expresses delight after late Carabao Cup drama

Eddie Howe

Written by Dan Davis (@dan_davis20)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe praised his players’ attitude after Cherries’ last-gasp Carabao Cup victory against Blackburn Rovers.

Goals from the returning Junior Stanislas and Jordon Ibe had fired Cherries firmly in control, before the Championship visitors battled back to level terms through Craig Conway and Adam Armstrong.

The latter’s spot kick on 72 minutes sparked renewed life into the home side, who progressed through Callum Wilson’s header in the final minute of additional time.

With Cherries’ safely through to the fourth round of the competition, Howe admitted his exasperation at his side’s second half capitulation: “Only we could do to ourselves what we did tonight! We created so many chances and maybe could’ve enjoyed the last part of the game, but we shot ourselves in the foot twice.”

But the boss also explained his delight at Cherries’ dramatic win: “My mood is 90 percent positive because of the amount of chances we created against a good side in the game. We played some good football and defended well and then suddenly we concede two goals.”

Cherries’ heavy defeat at the weekend, a four-goal blitz at Howe’s former employers Burnley, led to Howe demanding a response from his outfit.

He said: “We desperately needed a performance and reaction after the Burnley game. I placed great importance on the game and how we prepared for it. I’m delighted to win and delighted with a lot of aspects of the performance.”

Howe made nine changes to his side, with Stanislas starting his first senior game after a six-month injury layoff.

The boss later admitted his delight with the 28-year-old’s return to first-team action: “Junior will be delighted with his goal as well, it caps off what’s been a really impressive comeback from training. It was a great finish, superb goal.

“It’s typical Junior – he’s excellent and has come back in such a good physical frame and I wasn’t surprised by his performance.”