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Howe: Good game with Southampton

Howe: Good game with Southampton

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was pleased with his sides performance despite the 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

The Cherries hosted their Premier League neighbours at Dean Court last (Friday) night for the first game on the newly laid pitch.

Eddie Howe's squad continued to have a few notable absentees with goalkeepers Lee Camp and Darryl Flahavan injured, midfielder Shaun MacDonald missing as a precaution due to a hip problem and striker Tokelo Rantie only due to return to pre-season training next week.

With Ryan Allsop on loan at Coventry City, this left last seasons development squad goalkeeper Benji Buchel to make his Dean Court debut playing the full 90 minutes.

Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Tommy Elphick and Charlie Daniels made up the back four with Marc Pugh, Dan Gosling, Eunan O'Kane and Josh McQuoid completing the midfield with Yann Kermorgant partnering Callum Wilson upfront.

Southampton's Lloyd Isgrove scored the only goal of the game during the first half, but the match provided a good pre-season work out for the players.

Matt Ritchie replaced Wilson at half time, whilst a flurry of substitutions came on 70 minutes with Simon Francis, Baily Cargill, Ian Harte, Brett Pitman, Ben Whitfield, Harry Arter and Junior Stanislas all being introduced.

With 10 minutes to go Sam Matthews also received a run out.

Howe told the Daily Echo...

"I thought it was a good game between two good sides. Our players looked a little leggy which I expected with the work we have done this week. We worked them very hard in preparation for this game and knew they would go into it slightly tired. But with the games we have coming up, we felt this would be our last week to get some fitness work into them.

"I was disappointed with some aspects of our play and pleased with other aspects so we have a bit of work to do but none of that surprises us.

"I think the lads look reasonably fit. We have a couple on the treatment table who we would like to get back. They are only minor injuries so we are confident they will be back sooner rather than later and I think that will make us look a lot stronger...'

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Date:Saturday July 26 2014
Time: 9:04AM

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A surprisingly disappointing display. Many of the players looked a bit "weighty" and with only two weeks to go until the season starts I would have expected the players to be fitter. Daniels was puffing soon after the whistle. Many ocassions where two players going for the same ball and now slick passing - I guess this is acceptable in a friendly where the team is unfamiliar. Buchel was scary and he needs a lot more developing. Wilson,Gosling and Smith looked classy but the others slightly embarrasing - what have they been doing all summer. Southampton surprised me in their 100% fitness and very high quality slick passing. Maybe 2014-2105 will be more difficult than I thought - come on EH, you have a lot to do in two weeks!
26/07/2014 09:21:00
I too was a tad disappointed at our fitness levels however there were good points as the 3 new lads all looked awesome as did Ritchie Tommy and Cook. There is still a lot to be done if we are to hit the ground running and avoid the start we had to last season.UTCIAD
26/07/2014 09:58:00
I WAS surprised that we did not start with our strongest team. . . . No Arter or Ritchie in the line up but I suppose Eddie was giving a few newbies the chance to impress. . . There was a marked improvement towards the end with Arter, Ritchie and Pitman in the mix. . . . DONT get to downhearted lads, it was only a workout
26/07/2014 10:18:00
Team lacked chemistry but it's early days. Disappointing to say the least but a friendly is a friendly.
26/07/2014 12:00:00
....Friendlies PHUH !
26/07/2014 14:28:00
I don't often disagree with Eddie but "I thought it was a good game" Honestly? & allowing McQuoid to appear at all, let alone stay on as long as he did!
Winsor Cherry
27/07/2014 08:16:00
Clearly folk have not read Eddies comments. They worked the squad extra hard last week and he knew they would go into the game 'leggy'. The reason for this as with not having our best 11 starting was to work on things and improve longer term fitness. If you watched the Copenhagen game, where they were 2 weeks ahead in their prep and we ran them around for the first 45 or Eastleigh. Where we played 100% from the off you wouldn't be questioning our fitness. Ask Dorchester if we took it easy. Playing a young keen Southampton when you are a bit jaded is not a good indication of where we are and eddies choice of team was about learning not winning - why else play 3 youngsters?
27/07/2014 10:15:00
TIRED AND LEGGY, . . . This is our Eddie trying to keep the flack of the team. . . . . . . If he new it was going to be like that it should have been only a fiver at the most to watch
27/07/2014 23:08:00
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