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16 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe expressed his relief after his team came from behind to beat Brighton & Hove Albion at the Vitality Stadium, and praised his players for finishing the game on top.

The Cherries were without a league point from their opening four games, but goals from Andrew Surman and Jermain Defoe cancelled out Solly March’s opener to secure all three points.

Howe said, “I’m very relieved and that is the sole emotion. It’s not just relief for me but it’s relief for everyone connected with the club.

“We were desperate to hit the ground running and we didn’t, so that was a test for us but we’ve come through it.

"In the first two-thirds of the pitch, I thought we were excellent. The message at half-time was to try and maintain that and we hoped the door would open.

“Unfortunately, we had to come from behind but it was more of a special achievement from the players. Credit to them - I thought we finished the game really strongly.”

Jordon Ibe came off the bench to claim both of Bournemouth’s assists, and Howe commented on the winger’s major contribution and huge potential to continue improving.

“Tonight was a really good cameo of what Jordon [Ibe] is about. He’s different to everyone we have and he has the ability to beat people.

“His backheel was a moment of magic and the weight of his pass to Defoe was perfect, so it was really pleasing to see.

“He’s a player of immense promise and it’s easy to underestimate how young he is because he’s been around for a long time.

“He’s still learning but has the attitude to improve and that’s shown this season, where he’s come back a better player.”

Defoe claimed his first Cherries goal to condemn the Seagulls to a 2-1 defeat, and Howe commended the experienced frontman for his experience and clinical nature in front of goal.

“We haven’t created enough chances for Defoe so far. He’s a player that thrives on those openings and he took the first real chance that he had tonight.

"Jermain is an unbelievable professional in every detail, from what he eats to how he recovers. He sets the example.

“He wants to train every day and doesn't want to be treated as a special case, he wants to muck in with the boys.

"He's done that since he's come in and I hope we can provide him with more chances because if we do, he has the finishing ability to score a lot of goals for us."

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