Howe: “We’re kicking ourselves with the goals we conceded”

Molineux Stadium

by Dan Davis (@dan_davis20)

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admitted his side were “kicking” themselves, after Cherries fell to a sixth league defeat in seven games.

Goals from Raul Jiminez and Ivan Cavaleiro downed the visitors at Molineux – the on-loan Benfica forward netted on 12 minutes after Charlie Daniels’ stray pass, before substitute Cavaleiro tucked neatly beyond Asmir Begovic in the dying embers of the clash.

Cherries slipped to tenth in the league standings at full-time, leaving boss Howe ruing his side’s lack of ‘cutting edge’:

“The only really clear-cut chance we had was Joshua King’s early one, so we have to credit Wolves defensively.

“We’re kicking ourselves with the goals we conceded defensively though.

“You don’t like losing and the players have done well historically at bouncing back when they’ve been out of form, but we have to rise to the challenge again.”

Howe also believes his men can bounce back ahead of a tricky festive fixture list, stating: “If you look at today’s game, we made a bad mistake for the first goal but we controlled the match.

“We back our attacking quality to do better than we did, I didn’t see a team lacking in identity as we have our way of playing, but I always back us to come good eventually.”

The Dorset club are now faced with another selection headache in the West Midlands, however, with Tyrone Mings having to be replaced in the first half with a reoccurring back complaint.

The centre-back’s substitution left Howe admitting to a ‘difficult spell with injuries’ at Vitality Stadium.

He said: “We lost Simon Francis this week and Tyrone Mings during the game.

“He [Mings] was in a lot of pain, I haven’t spoken to him before this press conference but it’s a knock in his back and it left him in a lot of pain. Hopefully he’ll be OK.

“The last thing he wanted to do was come off, but there was no way he could continue. It’s a difficult spell for us, we’ve lost key players and we’re stretched defensively but it’s a challenge for us to rise to.”