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Howe frustrated at late leveller

Eddie Howe gestures against Leicester City from the sideline.

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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was frustrated to see Riyad Mahrez's 97th minute freekick snatch a win away from the Cherries.

The Leicester City man's late leveller cancelled out Joshua King's earlier penalty, with the Cherries showing some remarkable rearguard action in between the two goals.

An excellent defensive display wasn't enough to get all three points and the boss felt it was worthy of a win on the road.

"I thought we had to show a different side to our normal game," he said.

"We really did dig in, defend a lot of balls into the box and our defensive mindset was excellent.

"The goalkeeper and defenders put their bodies on the line, we weathered a mini storm but I thought we'd be OK. A moment of magic killed us at the end."


Two talking points in particular were on the mind of the journalists in Howe's post-match press conference, Mahrez's late late free-kick and a penalty that wasn't given when Charlie Daniels was pushed over by Wilfried Ndidi.

The boss reflected on those two flash points: "We were into seven minutes of added time and felt the final whistle was seconds away.

"It's a frustration not to get over the line, but it wasn't to be, credit to Leicester.

"We could have had a second penalty earlier in the second half but it wasn't be, but from then on we defended our goal really well.

"Credit to the moment that Mahrez produced, in my mind I'm analysing the wall, giving away the free-kick in the first place and those thoughts are flashing through my mind at the time.

"It's the last kick of the game and it's a great strike. We were good value for the win but it wasn't to be today."

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