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Harry Arter Had An Admirable Attitude To Be Dropped By Bournemouth

Harry Arter Had An Admirable Attitude To Be Dropped By Bournemouth

Harry Arter found himself in an unfamiliar situation during Bournemouth's Premier League tie against Watford last month. The Ireland international was an unused substitute as his side drew 2-2. Prior to that match, Arter had started all 21 of Bournemouth's league games.

Manager Eddie Howe, following a defeat to Hull, felt that his deck required shuffling and Arter was dropped from the starting lineup for the game against Watford and the subsequent fixture versus Crystal Palace, a 2-0 defeat.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Daily Echo, Arter said he was disappointed to be dropped but ultimately used it as motivation to work harder.

It was disappointing. I won’t shy away from that. I did not like not playing. I probably didn’t take it as well as some players do.

I was very disappointed. But the way I went about my work was to get my head down, work hard and try to get back in the team. I didn't say too much to the manager. I understand it’s a game, people have to sit out sometimes. I used my disappointment as my motivation to try to make sure it doesn’t happen to me again.

Arter made a goalscoring return to the Bournemouth starting XI in a 6-3 loss against Everton. He would also start the 2-0 defeat to Man City.

Despite the club now being on a three-game losing streak and being without a win in 2017, Arter says players' confidence has not been significantly affected.

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It is difficult because you don’t like losing and you don’t like slipping down the league. But I don’t think it’s had too much of an adverse effect on our confidence.

Against Manchester City – and during the second-half at Everton – we delivered real Bournemouth performances. I felt the fans were far happier following the City match than they have been after previous games – and we can take that into the rest of the season.

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