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Howard hits out at lack of composure as Cherries pick off late point

Bournemouth 3 Everton 3

Tom Prentki

Published 30/11/2015 | 02:30

Bournemouth's Adam Smith (left) and Everton's Arouna Kone battle for possession during their Barclays Premier League match at Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth's Adam Smith (left) and Everton's Arouna Kone battle for possession during their Barclays Premier League match at Vitality Stadium
Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori in action during the Barclays Premier League match against Bournemouth
Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates scoring his side'd third goal against Bournemouth
AFC Bournemouth's Harry Arter (right) and Everton's Gareth Barry battle for the ball during theor Barclays Premier League match

Tim Howard believes that Everton "let themselves down" with the protracted celebration of Ross Barkley's goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time. In the extra minutes added, Bournemouth scored an equaliser.

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"It added some time on unfortunately," the Everton goalkeeper said. "We just lacked composure. We cause chaos for other teams but let ourselves down."

Joshua King confirmed that referee Kevin Friend had taken the celebrations, which included a minor pitch invasion, into account when allowing the game to run to 98 minutes.

"The ref said we had a minute left because of the celebration and we used that minute well," the Bournemouth striker said. "It shows you shouldn't give up."

Despite seeing a 2-0 half-time lead disappear, Everton manager Roberto Martinez saw plenty of reasons for optimism, not least the form of Romelu Lukaku, who has now scored eight goals in eight league games.


"There are not many players who at his age have achieved what he has achieved," Martinez said of the Belgian, who scored Everton's second goal 10 minutes before half-time. "He is a striker who can do it all. He has the old-fashioned traits - he can have his back to play, the strength, the power. But he can also run with the ball and is a clinical finisher. At the age of 22, you can see from his scoring record what he is.

"That is why we made a huge investment in him. We always had an incredible belief in Rom but now he is in a good moment in scoring. He is so important for us."

Bournemouth's comeback was indicative of their own resilience. Eddie Howe's first season in the Premier League has been dogged by injury with Adam Federici and Harry Arter picking up two more.

"Adam doesn't look good," Howe said of his goalkeeper who was withdrawn at half-time. The first-choice keeper Artur Boruc will visit a specialist this week.

"It's a point that further enhances our mentality into believing in the way that we're playing and the fact that we can get points from situations which look pretty desperate," said Howe, also one of the league's more positive managers. He will need that attitude going into the next two fixtures, against Chelsea and Manchester United.

"We believe we can beat anybody," said Howe who turned 38 yesterday. "Why not create more magical moments for this football club?" (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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