Howe hails players after victory over Norwich City

Date published: Saturday 16th January 2016 6:42

Eddie Howe: Insists he's loyal to Bournemouth

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hailed his players after the Cherries beat Norwich City 3-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

The home side, winless in four league matches heading into Saturday’s fixture, took the lead after just 10 minutes when Dan Gosling headed home Marc Pugh’s cross.

The Cherries, who have now scored seven of their 26 Premier League goals inside the opening 15 minutes – more than any other team in England’s top flight – doubled their advantage shortly after the interval with Charlie Daniels scoring from the penalty spot.

And record signing Benik Afobe, who made his debut in the 3-1 defeat against West Ham here on Tuesday, completed a fine afternoon for the south coast outfit when he turned home Daniels’ cross.

“When you join a new club it goes without saying that you want to set a good impression and he has done that,” Howe added. “As a striker you want to score – you want to get that monkey off your back – and thankfully he has.

“It is not just doing it, but in the manner that he did it. It was a great finish, a great ball in from Charlie Daniels, who did superbly down the left, and that is a good sign for us. We do create chances and one of our Achilles heel this season has not been taking them.”

Afobe was fortunate to escape a serious injury following a high tackle by Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd, Howe claimed.

The striker joined Bournemouth for a reported £11million fee from Wolves earlier this month and was among the goalscorers after he opened his account with 15 minutes remaining.

But Howe claimed the 22-year-old was lucky to still be on the pitch after he was scythed down by Rudd in the first half.

“For me, it was a definite red card on their goalkeeper,” said Howe after Rudd was only booked by referee Robert Madley.

“While you could argue that he may not have denied a clear goalscoring opportunity, the challenge was high and it caught Benik in a dangerous place.

“He is very lucky not to have picked up a serious injury, and I don’t see why the goalkeeper should be exempt from red cards for those challenges.

“In fact it is even more dangerous because of the speed he came out, and the speed Benik was attacking him. I think Benik is lucky.”

The victory takes Bournemouth one point and one place above rivals Norwich into 15th in the table.

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