Howe takes heart from dom­i­nant Bournemouth

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Football - By Tom Pren­tki

Both these teams have now of­fi­cially suf­fered their worst start to a Pre­mier League season. Of course, nei­ther has been a main­stay of the top flight for too long but, even ac­knowl­edg­ing that con­text, it is a source of con­cern for Bournemouth in par­tic­u­lar, espe­cially given how they dom­i­nated for long spells here.

“Good ques­tion,” smiled Ed­die Howe when asked how his team had not won. “I thought we started re­ally well, cre­ated a number of clear-cut chances. I’m very pleased with the team’s per­for­mance, very pleased with the team’s de­fen­sive shape. That’s our first clean sheet of the season.”

The best mo­ment of this game came after three min­utes when Jer­main De­foe found a yard in the box to reach Joshua King’s pass and scoop onto the cross­bar. Marc Pugh would have con­verted the re­bound but for Danny Simp­son’s block with his hand.

Gra­ham Scott failed to point to the spot, with looks of dis­may and be­muse­ment spread across the faces of those on the home bench, though Howe ad­mit­ted it was a tough call.

“I’ve got sym­pa­thy for him be­cause I didn’t see it at the time but, when you see it again, slowed down, you see it’s a clear-cut penalty.”

Howe can be grat­i­fied that Bournemouth looked much more like the side that we’ve come to ex­pect over their two years in the Pre­mier League. Slick in posses­sion and with plenty of move­ment from De­foe and King, it only seemed like a mat­ter of time be­fore Bournemouth made their dom­i­nance count. But Le­ices­ter weath­ered the storm and de­fended res­o­lutely, while of­fered lit­tle threat of their own.

Shinji Okasaki worked as tire­lessly as ever but missed Le­ices­ter’s best chance when he side-footed wide from six yards. Ahead of him, Jamie Vardy was iso­lated and kept quiet by the im­pres­sive Nathan Ake.

This was Le­ices­ter’s sec­ond away point of the season after a start which has al­ready seen them play Arse­nal, Manch­ester United, Chelsea and Liver­pool. Daunt­ingly for Bournemouth, they play Tot­ten­ham and Chelsea in their next three games.

Rea­sons to be cheer­ful: Ed­die Howe cel­e­brated his side’s first clean sheet of the season

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