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Howe cites lack of guile for defeat
Published : 11 Dec 2010 19:30:17Rss feed
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe could not hide his disappointment after his side went down to a surprise 1-0 home defeat to Hartlepool - their first loss in six matches.The Cherries, celebrating a century at their Dean Court ground, came into the game on the back of a five-match unbeaten run, but were undone by the impressive James Brown, who cut in with ease from the left before firing home from long-range.Howe said: "That was a disappointing day for us. We certainly worked hard, but I thought they defended very well and we just couldn't break them down."We talked about it before the game and we knew if they got a goal up it would be tough to break them down because they would get men behind the ball."We hoped for the early goal, but they got it and we lacked a bit of quality to break them down. We huffed and puffed, but we couldn't manage very much more than that."We created a few good chances which we should have taken, we gave the ball away too easily, and on another day we still might have got something."