Wednesday 7 December 2016

Cook's response set tone for rout - Howe

Bournemouth 6 Hull 1

Nick Purewal

Published 16/10/2016 | 02:30

Bournemouth's Callum Wilson celebrates scoring their fifth goal with Junior Stanislas. Picture: Reuters
Bournemouth's Callum Wilson celebrates scoring their fifth goal with Junior Stanislas. Picture: Reuters

Eddie Howe believes Steve Cook's quick-fire redemption set the tone for Bournemouth's record Premier League victory after the centre-back atoned for a mistake that had gifted Hull a goal.

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Cook gifted Hull possession then diverted Mason's poor drive past the wrong-footed Artur Boruc to let the Ryan Mason level. But he then headed home Junior Stanislas' cross just seven minutes later, to cap a hectic 200th Bournemouth appearance.

Hull City's Adama Diomande in action with Bournemouth's Adam Smith. Picture: Reuters
Hull City's Adama Diomande in action with Bournemouth's Adam Smith. Picture: Reuters

"When we make mistakes playing out from the back or building from deep positions I take responsibility because that's how I ask them to play," said Howe. "So I never look to crucify an individual.

"The way we hit back after conceding that goal was the most pleasing thing. Of course we scored a number of goals and played very well but the ability to bounce back from that setback was crucial.

Stanislas bagged a brace, with Charlie Daniels, Callum Wilson and Dan Gosling all adding to Cook's header as a Harry Arter-inspired Bournemouth ran riot on the south coast.

Stanislas stepped up to bury a penalty at the end of the first-half and hand the hosts a 3-1 lead at the break, but Howe revealed that the 26-year-old was not the designated spot-kick taker.

Bournemouth's Jack Wilshere fends off Hull City's Shaun Maloney. Picture: Reuters
Bournemouth's Jack Wilshere fends off Hull City's Shaun Maloney. Picture: Reuters

"We always like the players to take responsibility; we had a designated penalty taker," said Howe.

"For whatever reason he didn't want to take it, so it changed in motion, so that's something we'll look at. I'm very pleased with the fact we were clinical in front of goal.

Hull boss Mike Phelan admitted the hefty defeat is a wake-up call that his side must heed or face the consequences of a relegation dogfight. Phelan challenged Hull to handle the hammering as a reality-check after he had won August's manager of the month award and since claimed the full-time manager's job.

"We've taken the plaudits of seven points from seven games," said Phelan. "Now we realise what it needs and the momentous hard work we have to do to stay at this level."

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