Howe salutes gritty Cherries

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe hailed his team's resilience after the 1-0 win over Scunthorpe kept their promotion push on course.

Last Updated: 01/04/13 at 20:32

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Brett Pitman's fifth goal in as many matches took his tally to 15 since returning to the club from Bristol City.

Pitman's goal came in the 11th minute with a volley after Marc Pugh and Matt Tubbs had opened the Scunthorpe defence.

After watching the Cherries claim their fifth successive win, four of them without conceding a goal, said: "This was not our best performance. We were well in control but we could not turn our possession into chances and goals.

"We created enough to have by a bigger margin but it was always going to be hard against a team fighting for their lives.

"Our problem is that we have played more matches than most of our rivals so I think we must win all four of our last matches.

"I have every faith in the players and I would not ask it of them if I did not think it was possible.

"Scunthorpe outnumbered us in midfield but we still had far more of the ball and I do not think there is any doubt that we deserved to win."

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