Belfast Telegraph

Defeat will not dent our belief, insists Surman

Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman is targeting a swift return to winning ways after Monday's defeat at Arsenal.

Eddie Howe's Cherries had previously gone six games unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League, including noticeable victories over champions Chelsea and out-of-form Manchester United.

The visitors started well at the Emirates Stadium, but were undone when Gabriel headed home his first Arsenal goal from a corner, with Mesut Ozil adding a well-taken second after the interval.

The result leaves newly-promoted Bournemouth 16th in the table ahead of a tricky trip to high-flying Leicester on Saturday, but Surman says losing at Arsenal has not dented the belief the players now have.

"We've set ourselves high standards," he told Cherries Player.

"So has the manager and we've been on a good run recently, so we really felt we could have got something.

"As I said, this month has been great for us and we've set ourselves really high standards, so we'll still be full of confidence heading into the Leicester game.

"It was a frustrating evening for us, if I am honest. The first 20 minutes we had control of the game and felt like we might go on and win it.

"So then to go on and concede from a set-piece is really disappointing. We lost our way a little bit after that."

Heading to the King Power Stadium, Bournemouth will be buoyed by memories of their draw with the Foxes earlier in the season.

The 1-1 draw in August was the Cherries' first home Premier League point as Callum Wilson's strike was cancelled out by a late Jamie Vardy penalty - the first goal at the start of the record-breaking goalscoring run the England forward would then embark on.


From Belfast Telegraph