Howe rues lapse of concentration after draw at Sunderland

Date published: Saturday 23rd January 2016 6:52

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Eddie Howe felt Bournemouth dropped two points after the Cherries shared a 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Benik Afobe gave Bournemouth the lead in the 13th minute of the Premier League clash, but Patrick van Aanholt equalised for Sunderland on the stroke of half-time.

Asked if it was two points dropped, Howe said: “After the first half, absolutely, yes. From watching, I felt we were in total control and doing everything we hoped to do, passing the ball very well.

“The only disappointment really is we didn’t create more chances in that spell and have the clinical aspect to our game where we go on and make it two or three, which I felt our dominance deserved.

“But at 1-0, there’s always that window that you can have one lapse of concentration and it can cost you, and that’s obviously eventually what happened. The disappointing thing from our perspective is the timing of the goal as well.”

Howe was also left keeping his fingers crossed over midfielder Junior Stanislas, who suffered a knee injury late in the game.

He said: “He’s got a twist to his knee. It doesn’t look good, it looks like maybe a medial ligament strain. You saw him being carried off the pitch and it didn’t look good and he’s quite sore in the changing room, so we will see how serious it is.”

Meanwhile, Howe revealed striker Lee Tomlin would be the subject of an internal disciplinary procedure after taking to social media to express his frustration at his lack of first-team opportunities.

He said: “We will be dealing with the matter internally. Lee is obviously frustrated he is not featuring more regularly. It’s not a huge issue for me, but you’d prefer him to keep his frustrations in-house and that’s something we will be looking to deal with to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

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