Howe also asked about reports of Chelsea activating a buy-back clause for Nathan Ake
Last Updated: 13/01/19 5:43pm
Eddie Howe said Bournemouth’s 2-0 defeat to Everton was “really harsh” on his side.
The Cherries made the better start and went close to scoring as David Brooks hit the post.
However, second-half goals from Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin condemned Bournemouth to a ninth defeat in their last 12 Premier League matches.
“It was really harsh on us today,” Howe told Sky Sports. “I’m really proud of the players’ efforts. We competed in a really tough game and we had our moments as well but we didn’t take our chances. The scoreline doesn’t reflect the performance.
“We pressed well, we competed well and we nullified Everton’s strengths for large parts of the game. The goal was a huge moment that we didn’t defend well enough.
“Our goalkeeper hasn’t had to make a save in the entire match. It’s been a similar theme in recent weeks – we concede out of nowhere and don’t take our chances when they come.”
Bournemouth also had penalty appeals waved away at 0-0 when Idrissa Gueye challenged Brooks in the box.
“I didn’t see it,” said Howe. “But I’m told people that have thought it was a penalty.
“I can’t focus on that as it’s the wrong thing for me to do in a run of results like this. We have to focus on ourselves but those things aren’t going our way at the moment.”
Asked about a newspaper report that Chelsea could activate a £40m buy-back clause for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, Howe said: “I know nothing about that, that’s for another day.”