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Howe on Travers debut and first victory against Spurs

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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe praised Mark Travers after his debut against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Irish goalkeeper was thrown into the starting lineup for the first time and performed admirably, keeping a clean sheet with a handful of brilliant saves.

He had little to do in the second half, as red cards to Son Heung-Min and Juan Foyth saw Mauricio Pochettino's side play the majority of the second period with just nine men.

Nathan Ake scored a late winner from Ryan Fraser's corner to give AFC Bournemouth their first ever league win over Tottenham Hotspurs.

Speaking to the media in his post-match press conference, Cherries boss Eddie Howe discussed the following topics...

Playing against nine men

"I've only managed one game against nine men before in my management career, against Brighton when I was at Burnley. That was tough and today was too. It totally changed the game.

"We naturally weren't having a lot of the ball against such a good Tottenham team in the first half. They were creating chances and we were looking dangerous on the counter-attack.

"Suddenly, we were dominating the ball and Tottenham were playing on the counter-attack. I don't think we did particularly well with the advantage we had. We didn't use the ball intelligently enough.

"It was difficult and looked like we were running out of time to win the game, but thankfully we popped up with a great goal." 

Mark Travers' debut

"It was a great display from him, he's someone we really do believe in. He's got great temperament and attitude to the game. He played like it was a training session and that's a huge compliment.

"He showed real confidence with his feet. He kicked the ball well, made some saves and impressed with his all-round game management.

"It's a nice problem to have and a decision I'll have to make in the summer, in terms of what to do with all the goalkeepers we have. Mark hasn't been out on loan this season.

"Aaron Ramsdale, who we rate highly as well, has been out on loan and done really well. It's great to have two young, promising goalkeepers in our ranks, and of course we've got the two experienced goalkeepers at a top level as well.

"It's slightly unusual that Mark hasn't been out on loan to experience League One or League Two. That was the risk we took, but going on his training and the way he has conducted himself all season, as well as the club that we are - trying to give young players opportunities to develop - we decided to do what we did."

The red card decisions

"I didn't see Jefferson Lerma's involvement in the first one. I just saw the reaction. Unfortunately, I think it had to be a red card.

"For the second one, it was right in front of me. I don't think Juan Foyth went into do Jack Simpson any damage at all but the momentum of the challenge, and the force he's gone in with meant he was high. I don't think the referee had any option.

"It's difficult for me to sit here off the back of two red cards and say I'm disappointed there wasn't another one! The reality is, I think there possibly should have been [for Eric Dier's challenge on Joshua King], but I feel slightly cheeky doing it! I thought Dier's challenge on Callum Wilson was a clear penalty as well."

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