AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admitted that “he lost himself for a moment” when Steve Cook headed home in the 90th minute of last weekend’s 1-0 win over Newcastle.
The managerial team reacted passionately to the dramatic last-minute goal and Howe was proud of his side’s perseverance to get the crucial result.
“There have been plenty of lows, but that has to be up there with the best moments this season,” said the Cherries boss.
“It was a really tough game, but we kept going, creating chance after chance. It was a really difficult game to win, these are the moments you enjoy because you work so hard for them.
“You lose yourself for a moment, to celebrate with the staff and players not on the pitch was great. The unity was there and that’s everything, it’s huge.”
After scoring the goal the team ran towards the Bournemouth supporters who had made the 700-mile round trip. “Without a shadow they (the fans) deserved it, they were sat so high and the support they gave was brilliant,” said Howe. “It hasn’t been an easy season and I’m delighted for them – the fans were fantastic.”
Several AFC Bournemouth players have been in action over the international break.
Despite retiring from international duty in March, goalkeeper Artur Boruc returned for a special swansong for Poland against Uruguay on Friday as a farewell for his excellent service to his country.
Ryan Fraser was called up for Malky Mackay’s Scottish squad who were defeated 1-0 by the Netherlands at Pittodrie on Thursday night. Fraser came on as a substitute where he faced team-mate Nathan Ake, who was playing for the Dutch team.
Lys Mousset scored in the 90th minutes for the French under-21 team in their 3-0 victory over Bulgaria and now travels to face Slovenia tomorrow.