Bournemouth win a relief for Eddie Howe


Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says his side’s 3-2 win over West Ham on Saturday came as a huge relief.

The Cherries went into the match seeking to end a nine-game winless run and they had an early chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot, but Josh King missed the target.

West Ham went ahead through Michail Antonio less than a minute later but King made amends for his spot kick miss with an equaliser just after the half hour mark.

Bournemouth were awarded another penalty but Benik Afobe saw his effort saved.  The Cherries did manage to take the lead in the early stages of the second-half as King grabbed a second but West Ham appeared to have salvaged a draw when Andre Ayew struck on 83 minutes.

However, King completed his hat-trick in the closing stages to seal the win and Howe welcomed the victory, as the Cherries moved six points clear of the bottom three.

“Relief is the overwhelming feeling. It always is in those circumstances – a mixture of emotions but the main one is relief,” he said, as reported by the BBC.