Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth coach, insisted that his emotions are very mixed after a 3-3 draw against West Ham United as Callum Wilson managed to score a dying minutes equalizer to give his side a valuable point.
The young coach felt like his side should have won this match as they were controlling the match while being 2-1 up but David Moyes’s West Ham came from behind and they were leading 3-2. However, Wilson scored the late equalizer and it was all square in the end – Howe knows that he has to be happy at least with a point but he admits that he has “mixed emotions”.
The talented manager spoke about this match as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I don’t know where to start. A total mixture of emotions and I felt like the game was ours at 2-1, we had so many chances to make it three and put it to bed but we didn’t take them. Then we find ourselves 3-2 down and the lads did really well to get a point in the end. I’m very pleased with how we played today, we were much more like ourselves with a lot of goal-mouth action and a lot of shots. I think we could have scored five or six today.”
He also added that his team started the match really bad: “We gave ourselves a mountain to climb [after James Collins’ seventh-minute goal]. We talked about our game plan and what we wanted to do and that was certainly the furthest thing from our minds. It gave us a long way to get back into the match but I thought the players were excellent in their response to it and for the majority of the game, I was ever so pleased with the performance.”
In the end, Eddie Howe claimed that the late goal was controversial but he has to see it again to talk about it: “I haven’t seen it again and I really don’t know [what happened]. I’m not quite sure if they thought it was offside or what the situation was but I was very thankful to see the goal given.”