AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe feels his team has yet to fire on all cylinders this season and insists there is “more to come”.
Howe was speaking after the Cherries had shared the points from an entertaining 2-2 draw with Premier League rivals West Ham.
Joshua King scored from close range in the 17th minute to cancel out Andriy Yarmolenko’s opener, the Norwegian international’s goal awarded following a lengthy VAR review.
Callum Wilson bagged his seventh goal in seven games against the Hammers to restore the hosts’ lead and then saw another effort well saved by substitute goalkeeper Roberto.
And within 90 seconds, West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell volleyed home to deny the Cherries a third successive Premier League victory.
Howe said: “For the neutral, they would have loved it. It was end to end and very open. For the respective managers, I think it was probably not so easy to watch.
“We had a slow start and were a little lethargic out of the traps. We showed really good character to stay in the game and fight our way back.
“We fought our way back so well that we found ourselves 2-1 ahead and then that was probably the key spell in the game – could we get a two-goal cushion? We didn’t and that let West Ham back in to get a point.”
Asked about Wilson’s chance to make it 3-1, Howe replied: “It was a good chance and a really good team move.
“My only thought at the time was could he square it to maybe Joshua or Harry Wilson who were running in which would have been the easier thing to do?
“But he took it on, he’s in confident mood and the goalkeeper made a good save. It didn’t mean we had to concede at the other end.
“It’s not an excuse for conceding another two goals. We have to look at that and have to tighten up in that respect because we can’t have to score three to win.”
Howe added: “I still don’t think we’ve hit our best efforts yet in terms of performance. I think we’ve got more to come and I thought that was evident again today. There were some really good signs but a lot of room to improve.
“In terms of our general play and how the team sets up and what we’re delivering, I do think there’s more to come.
“I see these players on a daily basis and know how good they are. It’s a really positive thing for me – we’re picking up results when not playing at our very best.
“There have been a lot of changes to the team in recent times with the injuries and we’ve had a lot of new players coming in so it may take time to get that rhythm exactly where we want it but it’s up to us to try to find it quickly.”
Some really good signs but a lot of room to improve