English Premiership

Howe pleased with Cherries after dramatic draw

2017-12-27 12:23
Eddie Howe (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admits he went through a roller coaster of emotions as his side eventually drew 3-3 with West Ham United in an end-to-end clash on Tuesday.

The Cherries went 1-0 down early-on as James Collins scored the opener before Dan Gosling and Nathan Ake scored to put the hosts in front. A late brace from Marko Arnautovic restored the Irons' lead, but a controversial goal from Callum Wilson, that appeared to include a handball and an offside, salvaged a point for Howe's men.

The Bournemouth boss believes his side could've come out on top had they taken their chances, but in the end, he was satisfied with his players' collective performance at a rain-drenched Vitality Stadium.

"I don't know where to start. A total mixture of emotions and I felt like the game was ours at 2-1, we had so many chances to make it three and put it to bed but we didn't take them," he told Sky Sports.

"Then we find ourselves 3-2 down and the lads did really well to get a point in the end. I'm very pleased with how we played today, we were much more like ourselves with a lot of goal-mouth action and a lot of shots. I think we could have scored five or six today.

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb [after James Collins' seventh minute goal]. We talked about our game plan and what we wanted to do and that was certainly the furthest thing from our minds.

"It gave us a long way to get back into the match but I thought the players were excellent in their response to it and for the majority of the game, I was ever so pleased with the performance."

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