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First team

Howe admits 'we have to do better'

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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe conceded that the team were 'not themselves' in the 2-0 defeat at King Power Stadium against Leicester City.

The Cherries struggled to create chances in the second-half against the Foxes to put any pressure on the scoreline in the Midlands.

The boss spoke to the written media at his post-match press conference and had this to say...

ON THE PERFORMANCE

We looked leggy and short of our normal sharpness and that definitely showed in the result.

I don't think we were ourselves and Leicester did play very well.

But first and foremost you have to look at yourselves and analyse your own display.

Leicester did play well but we have fallen short of what we expect, the players looked tired and we are very disappointed with the result.

ON THE INTERNATIONAL BREAK

The players looked tired, the ones who went away with their international teams.

I'm not trying to make excuses, Jefferson Lerma travelled across the world and naturally they were tired.

It's not a new thing for Premier League teams and you have to deal with it, it's a situation we'll want to manage better in the future.

ON CALLUM WILSON'S CHANCE

Of course it's a big moment in the game, but we recovered from their early goal quite well.

The boost of a goal might have changed the feeling on how we were playing but the second half was a huge frustration for us.

You'd have though we'd have built more pressure and have more of the ball.

That's tough for us and we have to do better.

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