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Eddie Howe on City positives, Mings' return and Gosling injury

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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said he was pleased with "elements" of the game against Manchester City.

Despite the 3-1 defeat, the Cherries did ask questions of the champions, and were the first team since the 1st of September to score from open play at the Etihad thanks to Callum Wilson's superb header.

After getting level, two second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan meant the Cherries were defeated, but the manager had a mix of emotions following the loss.

"There were elements of the game we’re really pleased with," the manager said.

"We looked a threat from set pieces and on the counter attack, so that aspect is quite pleasing.

"I do think the big disappointment is however, the goals we conceded. They weren’t goals where they carved us open with magical play.

"They were scrappy goals, when we’ve come here before we’ve faced a barrage of shots but that wasn’t the case and we were good value for long periods.

"The goal was a reward for a good passage of play, we did look dangerous in the final third and the quality of the front players showed.

"But we are disappointed with the goals in the second half, the second and even the third, but the attitude of the players was to never give in and that showed when we were knocking on the door despite being 3-1 down.

"For me, they’re one of the best teams in world football and that did show in glimpses today but our players can be proud in some elements."

Tyrone Mings started his first Premier League game since the final game of the 2017/18 season, with the defender slotting into the back five alongside Nathan Ake and Steve Cook on the left-hand side.

The manager was pleased with the defender’s contribution, and also spoke about Dan Gosling who had to withdraw from the bench in the warm-up.

He continued: "Tyrone did very well, he fitted well into the back line alongside Nathan and Charlie and put in a good display off the ball and a good display on the ball too.

"I think he can be pleased with his performance, but we’ll have to wait and see on Dan Gosling.

"We were keen for Gos to be involved with Jefferson Lerma suspended, but he didn’t feel right in the warm up and had to withdraw.

"It’s important that we’re not too down ahead of Huddersfield on Tuesday night, the last four games could have been very different for us so we will be confident going into the game."

 

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