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.
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