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Howe thanks Begovic for Brighton win

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says they are “indebted” to goalkeeper Asmir Begovic for their 2-0 win against Brighton after the 31-year-old shot stopper pulled off excellent saves to keep a clean sheet.

With the score at 1-0, Bournemouth had to rely on Asmir Begovic to maintain their lead at the stroke of half-time as he denied Lewis Dunk with a brilliants piece of goalkeeping.

David Brooks scored again in the second half to complete his brace and hand Bournemouth their first victory in four matches.

Manager Eddie Howe recognized Begovic’s contribution after the game, praising the former Chelsea keeper.

“We were indebted to Asmir Begovic who made some important saves for us in the opening period,” Howe told the club’s website.

“The recent run we’ve been on has been tough. At 1-0, the game was very much in the balance but the players stood firm and hopefully that sets us up well now for the rest of the Christmas period.

“Overall, I thought we were a bit nervy in the first half, but in the second half, we were a lot better.

“Before the second goal and before the second half I felt we had control of the match. We got our rhythm back and then our confidence returned.”