Huish Park

Next Game

Yeovil v Scunthorpe

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet League 1

Bescot Stadium

Last Game

Walsall 1 - 2 Yeovil

Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet League 1

Howe applauds hero Ritchie

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe backed two-goal hero Matt Ritchie to keep his superb form going after the 3-0 derby demolition of Yeovil.

Last Updated: 27/12/13 at 09:24 Post Comment

Eddie Howe: Praise for Matt Ritchie

Eddie Howe: Praise for Matt Ritchie

Ritchie registered his fifth and sixth goals of the season to set the Cherries on their way to three wins out of four and secure their mid-table position.

The former Swindon ace opened the scoring after 50 minutes with a powerful effort past Marek Stech after a mazy run from Ryan Fraser.

Seven minutes later he had his second when a 25-yard curling shot deflected off Shane Duffy into the top corner.

Eunan O'Kane completed the scoring with his first ever Championship goal, sliding a left-footed effort past the diving Stech.

A happy Howe said: "Matt has added a huge goal threat and has done it all his career. Cutting in from the right he is a difficult man to mark and you can see his quality when chances are presented to him.

"We love him to bits, think he is a top player and hope he can stay in this goal-scoring form he is in.

"I was very pleased with the first-half performance and with the chances we created - I thought we were top drawer.

"In the second half we didn't hit the heights we did in the first, but scored three goals. In the end we won the game comfortably.

"It was really important today. The results have been disappointing but the performances have been good. They were a tough nut to crack."

It could have been worse for the Glovers but for an inspired first-half display from Czech goalkeeper Stech, who made vital saves from Ritchie, Lewis Grabban, Charlie Daniels and Fraser.

The away side managed to hit the upright twice through Ishmael Miller after 12 minutes and Ed Upson late on, but they were well beaten.

Manager Gary Johnson said: "If it does not continue to improve then of course we are going to be in trouble.

"We let them get their tails up and when we don't quite get our act together and we give the ball away then of course you are going to be in trouble anywhere in the Championship.

"We hope they are going to be learning very quickly because a couple of teams have done that to us this year and we haven't quite handled it.

"We had a bad day and we were second best. We have got to recover as that is the sort of game that could give you the feeling that could send you down.

"I apologise to our fans and am sorry we did not give them enough. Hopefully they will improve quickly and we have reacted well to setbacks in the past."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is brilliant! All these years of moral ambiguity, grey areas of offence and context..now we have a simple, easy to follow guide to right and wrong. What did you do today? I kicked the face off a panda . Oh well, you didn't rape, kill anyone or abuse a minor, knock yourself champ.

megabrow (cufc)
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

I

wonder if he'd feel the same way if he wasn't a white, non-jewish heterosexual male. Because Mackay has basically insulted everyone else!

Jay_D
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

C

heers Harry. I was wondering if he'd murdered anyone

Ezy_Rider
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

Footer 365

Women's football: Liverpool Ladies urged to fight for FA WSL title

Goalkeeper Libby Stout wants Liverpool Ladies to 'fight like they've never fought before' to retain their FA WSL title

Premier League: Crystal Palace did not want me enough says Tim Sherwood

Tim Sherwood says he withdrew his application for the Crystal Palace job because he was not made to feel wanted enough.

England boss Roy Hodgson sets his sights on winning Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson has put England's awful World Cup display behind him and has set his sights on winning Euro 2016.

Mail Box

More Fan Mail For Football365...

'Just p*ss off with your righteous indignation will you. W*nkers.' There's a lot of anger going around for what should have been a sleepy Friday afternoon at F365 Towers...

Man United: One Game To Save Season

They have one match to convince decent players that they are worth joining - over to you, Louis. We also have mails on Malky Mackay, Mario Balotelli and Tim...

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