We kept the ball well - Howe

Last Updated: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:33

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe hailed his side's ability to keep the ball after they overcame League Two Burton in tricky conditions.

A swirling wind and rain meant the focus was on retaining possession with man-of-the-match Eunan O'Kane in particular doing that expertly, and Howe was delighted that his side were still able to produce their slick style of football in the 4-1 victory.

"It is not always easy to keep the ball, I've played in many games like that," he told Press Association Sport.

"The conditions can sometimes be a leveller. Thankfully that didn't prove to be the case but we tried to keep the ball on the floor in the swirling winds.

"Going above head height would have been no use to us.

"And although it was more difficult in the second half I did think the lads stuck to it very well."

The Brewers, flying high in the fourth tier, proved to be stubborn opponents and the game was only put to bed when Ryan Fraser dinked the ball over goalkeeper Dean Lyness with five minutes remaining to make it 3-1.

And Howe was full of praise for Burton's 22-year-old shot-stopper who made a string of superb saves to keep out the lively Bournemouth attack.

"Their goalkeeper was excellent, he made numerous saves and at important times," Howe added.

"If we had gone two ahead early in the game it would have been really difficult for them. He kept them in the game and made it exciting for everyone. But not for me, I didn't want it to be exciting!"

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