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Howe ‘disappointed’ with Bournemouth defeat to Newcastle

Bournemouth fell to their second defeat in a row following their 2-1 loss to Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Eddie Howe’s side had gone six games without defeat before losing at home to Manchester United last weekend, while Rafa Benitez’s side picked up their first league win of the season seven days previously.

The Magpies fed off of this new-found confidence at the club to reel off their second consecutive Premier League victory.

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Howe stated his disappointment with his team’s performance today when speaking to reporters after the game.

“Disappointed with the first half and our slow start – when you come here the crowd will be in the game. We had a difficult opening period but we fought to the end and had some chances but it wasn’t to be.”

The Cherries’ defender, Adam Smith, was taken off after 30 minutes due to a serious knee injury, but Howe couldn’t share much more information about the injury.

“Adam Smith looks like he’s got a knee injury, it looks quite serious, he’s in quite a bit of pain in the dressing room. It did disrupt the flow of the game, the long delay and obviously, the players were concerned so that didn’t help.

“I was pleased with aspects of the second half, we were on the front foot more and we had the ball in some dangerous areas. We will use this time to assess the injuries and come back fresh. You are judged game by game and today was a disappointment.”

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