Eddie Howe was baffled by his Bournemouth side’s loss to Cardiff City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Two Bobby Reid goals – including one from the penalty spot – secured the victory for Cardiff in their first home game since the disappearance of new signing Emiliano Sala.
The Cherries appeared to have turned a corner during the week with a stirring 4-0 victory over Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium, but fell right back down to Earth in the Welsh capital with a 2-0 loss to the relegation-threatened Bluebirds.
Howe was disappointed with Bournemouth’s performance, and expressed as much to BT Sport after the following the final whistle:
“We conceded a goal early in both halves and from that moment both are difficult.
“We expected Cardiff to play that way. We tried to chase the game, but we weren’t great with or without the ball. After the high of Wednesday (beating Chelsea 4-0) that’s a big low tonight.”
The south coast side conceded after just five minutes thanks to a handball in the box by Steve Cook.
“He misjudged his jump, it’s not intentional, but it happened and we should have reacted better,” Howe told the BBC about the incident.
“For all of our possession, there was not enough chances. It’s a huge disappointment.
“I don’t know what to say, it was a really poor start to the game and the same in the second half, we made it difficult for ourselves. We played backwards, didn’t show our strengths and we weren’t ourselves today,” he added.