Vital Football

Latest AFC Bournemouth News

Howe: We just faded away

Howe: We just faded away

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has apologised to the travelling supporters following the Cherries heavy defeat to Huddersfield Town.

The Cherries travelled on Sunday morning for the early kick off on the back of an unbeaten run of seven matches, the longest run of consecutive games without defeat that AFC Bournemouth have enjoyed in the top flight of English football.

Howe stuck with the same side that beat Premier League champions Chelsea 3-0 in their last away fixture.

But the home side got an early breakthrough when Simon Francis was beaten for pace down the flank and Dan Gosling failed to track his man, allowing Alex Pritchard to open the scoring.

Ryan Fraser and Junior Stanislas combined to get the Cherries level after just 13 minutes and at this point, it felt like AFC Bournemouth could have enough to cut through Huddersfield's defence and go on to win the game.

But a poor free kick conceded by Lewis Cook gave Huddersfield the chance to restore their lead with Steve Mounie beating both Francis and Steve Cook for the header.

Huddersfield's third came following a defence mistake from Steve Cook, Steve Mounie would strike the shot, but the goal would eventually be awarded to Cook as an own goal for his deflection.

The fourth came via the penalty spot after Dan Gosling clumsily brought down his man.

Howe told Sky Sports...

'I apologise to them (the supporters) for the performance, There's not much else I can say.

'When you're aware of the financial and time sacrifices that people make, you want to reward them with an inspiring performance, one that they can go away and talk about for many years. I don't think that will be happening after that.

'I knew that Huddersfield would have wanted to get the crowd involved in the game today very early.

'Unfortunately for us, we allowed that to happen by conceding early. We fought back very well, but after that, we just faded away. It wasn't great from us. We had no control.'

Your Say...

northstandmark wrote...

We looked absolutely knackered today. Everyone well off their pace, struggling with the basics, second to everything.

You certainly wouldn't know Huddersfield had an extra cup game midweek.

Really don't think Steve Cook was fit. Dunno what Franno's excuse was though! Dreadful and clearly targeted by Wagner. Even Ake had probably his worst game for the club.
- Join the conversation here.

It's easy to join AFCB Vital

Sign up and have your say on the articles, polls and forums, just click the link to register.

Join The Vital Debate

AFCB Vital - Sponsors of AFCB Supporters Coaches & Cherry Bear

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday February 12 2018
Time: 6:00AM

Login to post a comment

Recent AFC Bournemouth Articles

Howe: Nothing malicious behind it from Afobe

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe does not believe that Benik Afobe's comments and actions, since joining Wolverhampton Wanderers have been malicious.

Howe: Hopefully Cargill does very well

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hopeful that defender Baily Cargill will enjoy his time with Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle.

Francis: We need to come back with the right mindset

AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis believes the Cherries need to return from their Portuguese training camp with the right mindset.

Jermain Defoe Closing In On A Return For AFC Bournemouth

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for AFC Bournemouth and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

AFC Bournemouth Archived Articles

AFCB Vital articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many points will be necessary to avoid relegation?
Suggested By: Toronto John
fewer than 364%
more than 4116%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent AFC Bournemouth Results (view all)

AFC Bournemouth Fixtures

Vital Members League Table

9.Ken Baileys Ghost92
Write for Vital Football