Cape Town - Eddie Howe believes his Bournemouth
players will take away a few valuable lessons from their 2-1 defeat to
Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday.
The Cherries gave themselves a mountain to climb after going two
goals behind in the first 26 minutes, with Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah
finding the back of the net for the visitors.
Bournemouth substitute Sam Surridge, who looks to have a bright
future ahead of him with the south-coast outfit, pulled a goal back deep
into stoppage time but it was not enough to earn a replay at the
Howe, who is under pressure to turn things around at the Vitality
Stadium after a tough first half of the season, is eager for his side to
learn from the experience of the defeat to Mikel Arteta's team.
"We're very disappointed," said Howe. "We gave it a good go in the
end. It was just a poor start - a tough first half-hour and we struggled
to deal with their movement. We weren't ourselves. But for the last 60
minutes we scrapped and almost got something in the end."
Howe added: "We talked quite openly at half-time. We weren't happy
with what we delivered first half. We passed the ball better and
competed better. There were moments there for us but that opening
half-hour was the difficult part of the match. We learn lessons from
tonight. Against the big teams you can take things from the game, even
if you lose."
Bournemouth will be looking to reproduce the performance that saw
them beat Brighton 3-1 in their last Premier League outing when they
face Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Cherries will be fresher ahead of the encounter at the Vitality
Stadium, with Dean Smith's Villa in Carabao Cup action on Tuesday night
against Leicester City.
- TeamTalk Media