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Florence Fletcher
December 5, 2018

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he's happy to see the back of Raheem Sterling after Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Manchester City.

City were stunned in the 44th minute when Callum Wilson headed Bournemouth's equaliser from a Simon Francis cross. I think we have just two less points than this time a year ago, and what we have done is quite similar, but the contenders are much better. Pep Guardiola was screaming from the sidelines for his defenders to regain their composure and think about their passing as they repeatedly fired the ball clear as the Hornets bombarded the visitors with high balls into the box. "They didn't really cut through us with attractive football and we kick ourselves for that". That can happen. The last 20 minutes we were flat, not the rhythm we need but it is normal. "Everything is so tough".

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40- Goal! After pressing Watford back for the majority of the first half, Man City make the break through! "I can understand if we had lost the ball, and they'd gone down the other end, but I am trying to waste time, attract a foul", the 23-year-old told The Times. But as Manchester City fans we know form can sometimes go out of the window. The whole back four changed - Vincent Kompany and John Stones came in at centre-half and were strong against the physical threat of Troy Deeney and Isaac Success, while the full-backs offered more protection. "Credit to the players for sticking to what we wanted them to do".

Romelu Lukaku gave United a lifeline when he slotted home from Rashford's pass in the 33rd minute as the Belgian striker grabbed his first goal in 13 games. You have to accept the challenge - that is the important thing. "I thought the goals were scrappy from our perspective and avoidable".

Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth scores his team's only goal
CLIVE BRUNSKILL GETTYCallum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth scores his team's only goal

His impressive form saw club-record goalscorer Sergio Aguero fall down the pecking order as manager Pep Guardiola cited the Brazil global as the preferred number nine due to his tireless work ethic in his possession-based system. "There are many reasons", Guardiola said. "I asked them for more at half-time but my speech was ridiculous because in the first five or 10 minutes, it didn't work - it was the same as the first half".

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West Ham had won just one of their previous six league games, but Hernandez netted again in the 63rd minute before Felipe Anderson capped the rout in stoppage-time.

"We will prepare for the game at Watford and watch the games".

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