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Eddie Howe hopes Bournemouth can become more streetwise in Premier League

Published 23/10/2015

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is confident his side will become more streetwise in the Premier League
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is confident his side will become more streetwise in the Premier League

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe accepts his side have been naive this season but refuses to see the performances as a negative.

Last weekend they were taken apart at Manchester City, losing 5-1 having been 2-0 down after just 11 minutes.

The Premier League newcomers were criticised by some pundits for chasing the game at 4-1 and Howe could not argue with that assessment.

"I'd probably agree with that. It comes with the territory for us in terms of lack of experience," he said.

"Managing some game situations, I don't think we have been particularly good.

"West Ham second-half (where they were 2-0 up at half-time and won 4-3) was hard to watch because we had been so dominant and we should have been out of sight, and suddenly we were clinging on to the win.

"I would probably agree with the assessment for Man City.

"I have no problem handling the criticism, I'll take that rather than aim it at the players but with the more experience we get and the more hardened we get to these situations the naivety will lose us."

Howe insists he has no issue with the team's approach and would rather have them trying to be positive on the pitch than slipping into a damage-limitation exercise.

"From our perspective, this season was always going to be really tough and an incredible learning experience not just for myself but the rest of the squad," added the manager, ahead of Sunday's visit of Tottenham.

"The experience of City everyone will see as a negative, but we are trying to embrace it as a positive to see how far we have to go to be competitive with these teams.

"You can't take away the instincts of the players. We were 4-1 down and tried to attack, but the alternative is to sit on your 18-yard box and put your tin hats on and then you are maybe looking at worse.

"But you can't find yourselves 2-0 down after 10 minutes and not expect a tough afternoon from that position - hopefully we have learned lessons from it.

"We did make tweaks before the game and we will continue to make tweaks until we get it right."

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