HOWE LEADS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John McDougall

ED­DIE Howe ad­mit­ted Cal­lum Wil­son looked off­side for the open­ing goal in Bournemouth’s win over strug­gling Wi­gan, but the Cher­ries boss was still purring over his striker’s dou­ble.

Wil­son ap­peared to be the wrong side of the last de­fender af­ter run­ning onto Yann Ker­mor­gant’s first half header be­fore slot­ting past Ali Al Habsi.

Ker­mor­gant added a sec­ond be­fore half-time and Wil­son scored his 17th of the sea­son af­ter the break, be­fore Leon Clarke drew one back for the Lat­ics in a sec­ond-half fight­back.

But Cher­ries boss Howe, whose side next face sec­ond-placed Derby, felt his side are be­com­ing bet­ter at with­stand­ing pres­sure.

“I thought the two goals that he did score were su­perbly taken be­cause against a keeper of Al Habsi’s qual­ity in one-on-ones it’s not easy to do what he did,” he said.

“I think when you look at the chances that Cal­lum had, a lot of them were in­di­vid­ual ef­forts in terms of get­ting him­self up the pitch into great ar­eas.

“I’ve only seen it once and I’m sur­prised the flag didn’t go up, I have to be hon­est. I was stand­ing right in line with it.

“It did look like Cal­lum was a cou­ple of yards off­side but that’s one of those things.

“We are known for our at­trac­tive foot­ball and our style of play and we’re only too keen to em­brace that it’s cer­tainly a fun­da­men­tal part of what we do.

“But in say­ing that, you also need to be res­o­lute, you need to have steel in your side and you need to be able to with­stand pres­sure. Again, I think that’s some­thing we’ve got bet­ter at.”

With the home side in the early as­cen­dancy, Wi­gan top scorer James McClean curled a right-wing free-kick which skimmed off the top of the cross­bar with a div­ing Ar­tur Boruc beaten.

Ker­mor­gant latched onto Simon Fran­cis’ right-wing 12th minute cross and forced Al Habsi into a tremen­dous div­ing stop.

De­spite off­side calls, Wil­son ran through from Fran­cis’ 37th-minute ball for­ward, which was flicked on by Ker­mor­gant and the ex-Coven­try man slot­ted home.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

OPENER: Cal­lum Wil­son (right) cel­e­brates scor­ing his first goal with An­drew Sur­man

SLOT­TED: Wil­son calms tucks away the ball away for the game’s first goal

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