Eddie Howe calls for Bournemouth not to panic after three straight defeats
Last Updated: 26/08/17 4:54pm
Eddie Howe has called for Bournemouth not to panic after they suffered a third straight Premier League defeat against Manchester City.
It seemed the points would be shared after a pulsating clash that saw Charlie Daniels' 13th-minute thunderbolt cancelled out by Gabriel Jesus equaliser.
But Raheem Sterling had the final word as Bournemouth were left pointless ahead of a daunting run of fixtures after the international break, including trips to Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham.
"My message is that I'm proud of them," Howe said.
"If we carry on like that, we'll be fine and pick up a lot of points this season.
"There's no need to panic at this stage."
Bournemouth's players and supporters were unhappy at full-time as Sterling's strike came seven minutes into stoppage time, despite only five being signalled.
Howe was more upset about what he considered a soft free-kick awarded against substitute Lys Mousset.
He also had a touchline altercation with Guardiola as City did not return the ball to Bournemouth after they kicked it out of play for Benik Afobe to receive treatment.
"We were disappointed that we didn't get the ball back into our goalkeeper's hands or feet from a throw-in," he explained.
"The players came off the pitch giving everything, the players are disappointed and that was much more like Bournemouth.
"We have been given some harsh lessons by (City) previously, they were good experiences for us to go through.
"The first season in the Premier League was an eye-opener and that was the closest we have been to them."
Howe also said he was not keen to see players dismissed in the manner of Sterling's sending-off.
"My emotions were the polar opposite to his so it is difficult to see how he is feeling, but no-one wants to see red cards in moments like that," he said.