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Ireland's Harry Arter Hailed For 'Magnificent' Performance Against Everton

Ireland's Harry Arter Hailed For 'Magnificent' Performance Against Everton
By PJ Browne Updated

Bournemouth pulled off a shock on Saturday afternoon by beating the in-form Everton at Dean Court.

Ireland international Harry Arter - named Man of the Match by various outlets - was key in the victory.

Bournemouth won the game 1-0. The goal was an outstanding strike from Junior Stanislas. Stanislas was put into position by a superb pass from the left by Harry Arter.

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Arter has received plenty of plaudits for the performance. The Guardian described him as 'magnificent'.

The bite of the Bournemouth midfield was too much for Everton, who were overawed by the magnificent Arter, undoubtedly the man of the match, Andrew Surman and Jack Wilshere, who was substituted late on to a standing ovation.

The 26-year-old set the tempo for the win according to the Telegraph.

The Cherries were full value for their win. Andrew Surman and Harry Arter set a tempo in the Bournemouth midfield which Everton were never able to cope with and Koeman looked on in frustration from the dugout.

He was called 'inspirational' by the Bournemouth Echo.

For all Everton’s renewed intent, though, Cherries’ relentless pressing and closing, led by the inspirational Arter, was denying the visitors any clear sight of goal.

After the game, manager Eddie Howe told the BBC that he would normally slow to highlight one of his players for doing well but that he had to with Arter.

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I'm loathe to pick out individuals but Harry Arter was absolutely outstanding, he covered every blade of grass and was hugely impressive. The midfield three [Arter, Jack Wilshere and Andrew Surman] allowed us to control the game.

To a man, we were absolutely brilliant - as good as we were bad on Tuesday.

"It was an outstanding performance against a very good team. You need a result like this and a performance like this to really get the belief into the players.

Howe also said that Arter was at 'the highest level' against Everton.

Arter covered every blade of grass, the passion and desire was very good. He was at the highest level. Technically he had a very good game as well, it was hugely impressive. He's a very front-foot player, very aggressive. We've had to work with him to improve him over the years but he's certainly moving in the right direction.

BBC commentator John Motson apparently called Arter's performance one of the best he's seen in many years.

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Arter also received plenty of praise on social media.

Arter was named in Martin O'Neill's 33-man squad for the games against Moldova and Georgia. His most recent start was in the win against Oman last month. He was on the bench against Serbia but did not feature.

His performance against Everton will undoubtedly have given O'Neill plenty to think about when it comes to selecting his starting XI for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

See Also: 'Republic Of Ireland Are England Reserves And Northern Ireland Are England’s Reserves’ Reserves'

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