Howe Praises 'Character' Of The Comeback

Last updated : 26 February 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, speaking to BBC Sport: "We had been flat - Newcastle were dogged and made it difficult for us, but you have to compliment the players for the last 10 minutes - that is what we wanted to be, we showed a lot of quality and character to come back.

Image result for Bournemouth 2 Newcastle United 2"We started OK but conceded a poor goal and the second one wasn't pretty either. They were both self-inflicted really, and it is incredibly difficult to lift yourself up from there.

"It's another point that nudges us towards where we want to be - every one could be vital at the end of the season."

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez: "It is always difficult when you have a team that is pushing at home but we had the chances to finish the game and didn't do it, we have to improve on that.

"We were I think in control of the game and had a clear idea of how to do things. They didn't have too many chances, I would say that the chance that we missed [Shelvey's] and then the goal they scored quickly after, that changed everything. After that, we lost control. We have lost two points."

Stats - Cherries are the comeback kings

◾Bournemouth have picked up 13 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, a joint-high along with Everton.
◾Newcastle failed to win a Premier League game after being two goals up at half-time for the first time since February 2012 (a 2-2 draw against Wolves).
◾Bournemouth have gone eight Premier League home games without a clean sheet, their longest such run at Vitality Stadium.
◾Newcastle bagged two first-half goals away from home for the first time in the Premier League since March 2014 against Hull.
◾Mohamed Diame made his 200th Premier League appearance, becoming only the second Senegalese player to hit this milestone after El-Hadji Diouf (243).
◾Dwight Gayle ended a run of 11 Premier League appearances without a goal.