Eddie Howe says Bournemouth did not create enough chances in defeat at West Brom
Last Updated: 12/08/17 7:00pm
Eddie Howe says his Bournemouth team did not create enough goal-scoring chances after falling to a 1-0 defeat to West Brom.
The Cherries had just two shots on target at the Hawthorns even though they dominated possession, with West Brom having only 28 per cent of the ball.
Bournemouth's inability to create chances frustrated manager Eddie Howe, who believes his team need to work on fashioning out goalscoring opportunities going forward.
"I'm disappointed," Howe told Sky Sports. "I thought with the set-plays we obviously didn't deal with that well. It's unlike us to have so much possession and not create, what I felt, was a really good chance. [That] was probably the most disappointing thing."
Howe also elaborated further on his team's struggles to defend West Brom's set pieces, and was particularly disappointed with the goal his team conceded.
He said: "I was disappointed with the build-up to it [Hegazi's goal], which - against West Brom - puts you under pressure so that's disappointing.
"They defended very well and very deep with numbers. It's very difficult to exponse them with their shape. We had plans for that, we didn't deliver that and that's a frustration."
Jermain Defoe was on the bench due to a groin strain, but he came on in the 64th minute to make his first appearance since returning to the club. Howe was pleased with his contribution and that of his other substitutes, Jordon Ibe and Adam Smith.
"We've had enough football during pre-season to be ready. There wasn't a problem there," he added. "The pitch was slow which was difficult for us to create with our possession. We wanted a quicker game.
"All our subs came on and gave us a bounce effect. We looked better towards the end than at the beginning, so hopefully [we have] some positives to leave with."