Thursday 17 January 2019

Eddie Howe delighted with late win as Bournemouth climb out of relegation zone

Eddie Howe has urged Bournemouth to build upon the victory at Newcastle
Eddie Howe has urged Bournemouth to build upon the victory at Newcastle

Eddie Howe has urged Bournemouth to build upon their emergence from the Premier League relegation zone after a last-gasp 1-0 victory at Newcastle.

Defender Steve Cook headed the Cherries to just their third league win of the campaign two minutes into stoppage time at St James' Park.

However, while delighted with the resilience his side showed to snatch the points on Tyneside, Howe insists it is only a start.

He said: "It's big psychologically for everybody connected with the club. I don't think it matters at what stage of the season you're at, whether it's the first game or the last game.

"It's obviously worse in the last game, but being in the bottom three is psychologically difficult.

"These days in the media, it's rammed down your throat, to a degree, so to lift ourselves out of this position temporarily is a good thing, but now we have got to try to build on it.

"It's all about the next game and trying to build on this win. Hopefully it's a key turning point in our season."

Cook's winner came as the visitors launched a late assault with Marc Pugh seeing a late effort blocked on to the post and substitute Jermain Defoe forcing a diving save from keeper Rob Elliot, although they had earlier survived a stern examination of their defensive solidity.

Howe said: "It was a very difficult game for us - Newcastle were good in the first half.

"When you have got players like [Matt] Ritchie and [Jonjo] Shelvey with their long-range shooting, they put us under pressure."

Things might have been different, however, had Magpies striker Dwight Gayle not had a 16th-minute strike ruled out for offside with television replays suggesting the officials had got it wrong.

Despondent manager Rafael Benitez was clearly unhappy with referee Paul Tierney's performance, but was keeping his own counsel when asked about the disallowed goal.

He said: "I will not talk about the decisions because I am not very happy with the decisions."

Benitez admitted his side had been made to pay for not taking their chances, and for a series of mistakes which contributed to their own downfall.

He said: "In football, you have to play well, create chances and take them and don't make mistakes, and we didn't do that.

"We didn't do what we had to do on a lot of occasions and our mistakes, in the end we paid for that."

It was Newcastle's second successive defeat and posed further questions over their summer recruitment, but the Spaniard vowed to come out fighting once again.

Benitez, who saw captain Jamaal Lascelles leave the stadium on crutches with an ankle injury, said: "From September 1, I was worried and what I did was to work harder, and that is what I will do now.

"We are where we are and this is further proof that we have to keep working hard and stay compact together or we will have problems in this kind of game."

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