Bournemouth duo bemoan lack of ruthlessness against Bolton Wanderers
EDDIE Howe admits his newly-promoted Bournemouth side lacked the guile to foil Wanderers’ gameplan at Dean Court.
Despite dominating possession and having marginally more attempts at goal, the Cherries rarely looked likely to topple Dougie Freedman’s well-drilled outfit on Saturday.
“Bolton showed us a lot of respect by trying to frustrate the crowd and the players and we had to try to break them down and be really clinical,” said the former Burnley boss.
“I thought they defended well and were very disciplined and we never really got any chances.
“We had plenty of momentum in terms of possession, forcing corners and threatening to do something, but we couldn’t find that little bit of quality and our match winners were slightly off key today.
“I felt that we could get one opportunity and then equalise, which would have meant a good point for us on reflection.
“In the second half we had to make all the running and I thought we did that well for 45 minutes, but without getting that goal that we needed.
“We did everything we could and chased the game, which is why we conceded the second goal.”
Bournemouth skipper Tommy Elphick echoed his manager’s sentiments as goals from David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford earned a cold-blooded three points for the Whites.
“We kept the ball well and got in some positions, but we weren’t clinical enough,” he said.
“I thought we limited them to just a few chances but they were ruthless, which is what we were lacking.
“The first goal was disappointing because we gave away the ball cheaply in the middle of the park and then they were on us.”