English Premiership

Victory was deserved - Howe

Eddie Howe (AFP)
Eddie Howe (AFP)
Cape Town - Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt his side's resilience after going a goal behind was key in Tuesday's 2-1 Premier League win at Crystal Palace.

Howe's men went behind to Scott Dann's goal on 27 minutes, but equalised seven minutes later through Marc Pugh. Club record signing Benik Afobe secured the win shortly before the hour to send Bournemouth up one place to 15th.

"When we went a goal down we had to show real resilience. We weren't very good in the first half but that goal from Marc Pugh was important, to score so quickly after," Howe told reporters.

"It gave us a life line because we were second best in the first half and dipped below our usual levels. But we responded brilliantly and, I felt, just about deserved it in the end."

Bournemouth have a seven-point cushion over the teams in the relegation zone and Pugh said the south-coast side can keep on improving in their first season in the top flight.

"We really needed that result. It gets us up the table and we can push on again," he said.

"We're on a great run, we've beaten Chelsea and Manchester United, world class sides. We're going from strength to strength, we showed plenty of belief and got our reward."

Bournemouth host fourth-placed Arsenal on Sunday.

Fixtures
Thu 16 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Everton
Aston Villa
Goodison Park
Thu 16 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Leicester City
Sheffield United
King Power Stadium
Thu 16 Jul 20 21:15 PM (SAST)
Crystal Palace
Manchester United
Selhurst Park
Results
Wed 15 Jul 20
Arsenal 2
Liverpool 1
Wed 15 Jul 20
Burnley 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Wed 15 Jul 20
Manchester City 2
AFC Bournemouth 1
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Liverpool
36
30
93
2. Manchester City
36
24
75
3. Chelsea
36
19
63
4. Leicester City
35
17
59