Howe salutes battling Cherries

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was full of praise for his players after a hard-fought 3-1 home win over Crewe.

Last Updated: 26/01/13 at 19:33

Eddie Howe: Praised winning performance

Eddie Howe: Praised winning performance

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Brett Pitman's first hat-trick since August 2010 enabled Bournemouth to complete a comfortable victory.

Teenager Ryan Colclough came on in the 63rd minute for Crewe and scored his first senior goal 13 minutes later to make the score 2-1, but Pitman's second penalty prevented any late revival.

Adam Dugdale was the first Crewe culprit, bringing down Marc Pugh to concede the spot kick, which Pitman gratefully despatched.

Bournemouth's second came in 67th minute when Pitman tapped-in a centre from Josh McQuoid, but Crewe struck back with Colclough's goal from two yards after Matthais Pogba had shot across the face of the goal.

Pitman got his third in the 82nd minute when Abdul Osman was adjudged to have fouled Wes Fogden.

Howe said: "We have played a lot of matches lately and with a heavy pitch, we looked leggy and tired.

"This was a big win for us because we had to grind it out. We were missing one or two players and others were carrying injuries. At times in the first half we looked dead on our feet.

"But such is the spirit and determination in the squad that we found our rhythm in the second half and were excellent.

"Brett Pitman's scoring record is good as anyone's. He worked hard and showed the right attitude after being left out of the side earlier this week."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

Transfer news: Juventus never considered signing Mario Balotelli in the summer

Juventus general director Beppe Marotta has confirmed the club never considered signing Mario Balotelli in the summer.

Premier League: Phil Neville wants Manchester United to spend another £100m

Phil Neville says Man United need to spend another £100m on their squad before they can be considered title contenders.

Sunderland's Santiago Vergini earns Argentina call-up

Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini has been called up by Argentina for the friendlies against Brazil and Hong Kong.

Mail Box

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property