'No Blame' - Howe Refuses To Point Fingers After Irish Keeper's Mistake

'No Blame' - Howe Refuses To Point Fingers After Irish Keeper's Mistake

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe refused to single out individual errors after their 3-0 loss against Watford on Sunday.

The Premier League club are currently 19th in the table and locked in a relegation battle after four losses in their last five games. Goals from Abdoulaye Doucouré, Troy Deeney and Roberto Pereyra did the damage at the Vitality Stadium.

It was a mistake from Irish goalkeeper Mark Travers that led to the first goal shortly before half-time. The 20-year old lost possession while trying to play out from the back but Howe refused to point fingers post-match.

“Confidence is such an important thing to any team and it just felt it was lacking from that (first) goal onwards, it seemed to dent us," he said.

We just didn't execute what we wanted correctly. It happens but at such a key moment of the game and a key game, it's ultimately hurt us.

But no blame attached to the players, they didn't mean the outcome to turn out as it did, it's something we have to learn from.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Travers said he will learn from the mistake.


"Disappointed to give away the first goal on my behalf – poor distribution and probably poor game management in the 42nd minute, probably look to go longer, especially where we are in the league.

"I’ll definitely learn from it, grow from it and keep going and hopefully get three points next weekend because we’re not going to give up, we’re going to keep fighting."

He went on to add that mistakes can happen when you try to play out from the back.

"At Bournemouth, we try and play out. That’s what the gaffer wants, so that’s what we tried.

"But next time I’ll look to send my foot through it and go longer and squeeze up, especially that close to half-time."

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