Bournemouth's first half display against Everton difficult to watch, admits Eddie Howe

Bournemouth's English manager Eddie Howe (C) leaves the pitch after seeing his team lose 3-0 in the English FA Cup third round football match between Millw
Image: Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe (centre) was disappointed with his side's first-half performance

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admitted his side's first-half performance at Everton was difficult to watch following their 6-3 defeat at Goodison Park.

Howe found his side 3-0 down at half-time after a double from Romelu Lukaku and a fortuitous strike from James McCarthy.

However, the Cherries showed some fight after break with Josh King scoring twice before two more Lukaku strikes sealed all three points for the hosts.

Harry Arter and Ross Barkley added late goals for either side on what was an eventful afternoon at Goodison Park and while Howe criticised his side's first-half display, he did praise the spirit they showed in the second-half.

Bournemouth's English manager Eddie Howe (C) leaves the pitch after seeing his team lose 3-0 in the English FA Cup third round football match between Millw
Image: Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe (centre) was disappointed with his side's first-half performance

"The first-half was tough to watch," Howe told Sky Sports. "We had quite a bit of the ball but conceded some poor goals. In the second half we had a right go at them and at 3-2 the game is in the balance, but unfortunately for us we lost track of the game at the end.

"I thought we showed a lot of spirit in the second-half and a lot of quality.

"We dominated the ball but they were always a threat on the counter-attack and that showed in the latter stages.

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"But the lads showed a lot of fight and spirit in the second-half and that's what we need to take into the next game."

James McCarthy (C) doubles Everton's lead
Image: James McCarthy (centre) doubles Everton's lead

Bournemouth are now just six points above the relegation places and find themselves on a run of five leagues games without a win.

It doesn't get any easier Bournemouth as they prepare to face Pep Guardiola's Manchester City next week on Monday Night Football, but Howe wants his side to get back on track as quickly as they can.

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"From half-time we were missing three of our regular back four," Howe added.

"When you lose the spine of your team it's very difficult to handle. It is what it is and we have to get on with it. This league is incredibly tough. You go from week to week and every game is very difficult.

"We know the battle that we are in and we need to try and get back on track as quickly as we possibly can."

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