Doncaster Rovers 0 - 1 Bournemouth

Match info: Championship at The Keepmoat Stadium

Date: 31/08/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: S Hooper Att: 6,769

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Doncaster

0
vs
1

Bournemth

Brett Pitman 31

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: August 31 2013, 18:16 BST

Post-match reaction to Bournemouth's 1-0 victory over Doncaster.

Howe: Better defending from Bournemouth
Howe: Better defending from Bournemouth

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was glad to show his side's fans that he is not going mad after his men cured their travel sickness at Doncaster.

The Cherries' two away games back in the Championship prior to this one had ended in chastening defeats, with 11 goals shipped across outings at Watford and Huddersfield.

Howe took positives from those defeats, though, raising eyebrows when he said he was pleased with aspects of what his men had done.

His faith bore fruit at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium as Brett Pitman's first goal of the season earned them a 1-0 victory.

"The difficulty is, when you're beaten heavily like we were, and then say you're pleased with elements of the performance, people think you're lying," Howe said.

"Today there were elements of those performances in there, but we defended better than we have done.

"After the last two games questions were going to be asked and we responded very well. We needed to, for the fans and the players."

That response started with a policy of all-out attack, with all the early chances falling to Howe's men. Pitman took one of them when he got his head to a Charlie Daniels free-kick on the half-hour.

Replays suggested the striker may have been offside, but Howe was not one for complaining and then set about making sure his men got through to the final whistle.

"I thought we deserved it and my only concern was that it was 1-0 and we were not out of sight," he added. "We had a number of good opportunities, got into great positions and could have made more of them.

"I am just thankful we defended better than in recent weeks."

Some of Bournemouth's tactics certainly seemed to anger Doncaster boss Paul Dickov, who spent large parts of the first half debating a number of issues with both the fourth official and Howe.

After one particular flashpoint - a clash between David Cotterill and Harry Arter - the former Manchester City striker appeared to motion with his head towards Howe.

"I thought it was a dangerous tackle, but Paul disagreed," Howe said.

"Our versions will be different but I respect Paul as a manager. If he'd have head-butted me, I'd have been on the floor!"

For Doncaster, this capped the end of a disappointing week after what had been a promising start to the season.

Last Saturday - after a win over Blackburn and a draw at Wigan - Rovers led Charlton 3-1 when the Valley clash was called off because of bad weather.

Since then, Dickov's men have been resoundingly beaten in the Capital One Cup by Leeds and were outplayed by Bournemouth in this game.

"The one thing I will do is take getting beat if the team of players try to do what we want them to do," said the Scot.

"Whether this was a case of too many of them having an off day or too many getting complacent, that's a question I have to answer.

"If anyone has seen us play, even when we have lost we have created stuff and passed the ball. Today we were devoid of intensity."


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