Eddie Howe calls for a positive response at Liverpool

Howe frustrated with inconsistencies at Bournemouth, calls for response at Liverpool

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe blasted his players for their inconsistencies following the 2-0 defeat away at Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Bobby Reid opened the scoring from the penalty spot just five minutes into the game before doubling the advantage for the Bluebirds within a minute of the second half.

The Cherries failed to get any sort of control over the proceedings and the defeat meant that they will not be able to go into the game against Liverpool on the back of three straight wins, having beaten West Ham and Chelsea in their previous two outings.

And How has called upon his players to come up with a positive response against pace-setters Liverpool.

“We go to Liverpool. We’ve got a tough fixture list around the corner,” Howe told BBC Radio Solent. “We definitely wanted momentum going into that. We haven’t got it.

“We definitely want a positive response to this performance.

“Very deflated because we feel we’ve missed a real opportunity. There was no real bite or the usual zip you see in the team.

“After the high of Wednesday we were unrecognisable and that’s a tough one to deal with.

“We were toothless with the ball, we didn’t get behind their back line until very late in the game, and the goals we conceded left a feeling that really summed the performance up.”

“Of course you’re going to miss players with the quality of David Brooks and Callum Wilson but we have a squad good enough – as we showed on Wednesday – to cover that,” he said.

“Wherever you play you want to see an identity and get the result everyone wants, but whether it was the occasion, the atmosphere, or the fact that Wednesday took a lot out of the players, I don’t know – maybe a combination of the different factors.

“I don’t think it’s psychological. I think the big problem for us is inconsistencies. Inconsistency in performance leads to inconsistency in results whether it’s home or away.

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