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Harry Arter - It wasn’t through lack of effort but we couldn’t get to grips with them

Posted: Sat 15 Apr 2017

Midfielder Harry Arter reflects on what went wrong in the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Arter says his AFC Bournemouth side were unable to find a way to compete with Tottenham Hotspur as they fell to a 4-0 away loss on Saturday.

Goals from Mousa Dembele, Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen decided the result, with the away side struggling to ever gain a footing in the contest.

“I felt they were by far the better team, as the score line and the game suggests. We couldn’t get to grips with their formation, on and off the ball,” explained Arter to

“It was very hard to break when we had the ball and off the ball it was very hard to win the ball back from them.

“Performance-wise they’re probably the best side we’ve played against this season and it’s no surprise they’re on such a great run of form.”

The Cherries midfielder spoke about his side’s approach to the game and where it fell down in the capital.

“We realised how we had success over them earlier in the season and that was through being aggressive in our defensive block,” he continued.

“It wasn’t through a lack of effort today but we just couldn’t get to grips with their aggression. Their movement off the ball was unbelievable and it was very tough to get a grip.

“The one thing Tottenham have that’s different is that they don’t really have any one individual that really stands out, collectively they’re by far the best team in the league and they quality in all areas of the pitch.

“As much as we tried to nullify their attacks they did exactly the same to us and carried that out very well.

“I’ve no doubt they watched videos of us and where we’re good - they tried to stop us and they did that today as well as hurting us on the ball.”

With a crunch match to follow at home to Middlebrough next weekend, Arter is looking to push forwards towards a positive end to the campaign.

He said: “We can’t really dwell on it too much but need to keep that confidence we’d built in the last five games before Tottenham and Chelsea and use it for Saturday.”