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Howe Praises Hard Work

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has praised the hard work of his squad as they battled back in the dying stages to claim a dramatic 3-3 draw with Everton on Saturday.

Bournemouth have found life hard since winning promotion to the Premier League and the Cherries sit just inside the bottom three, with 10 points from 14 games and two points adrift of safety.

However, Howe was delighted with the performance of his squad at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday as they showed real character and spirit to battle back on two occasions.

Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku both netted early in the first half to give the travelling side a comfortable lead at the break.

Howe’s men got back into the game through substitute Adam Smith before Junior Stanislas levelled in the dying embers of the 90 minutes.

Ross Barkley restored Everton’s lead in what looked to be a cruel finish on 95 minutes before Stanislas grabbed his second of the day on 98 minutes to claim a valuable point.

Howe admitted he went through every emotion on the touchline, but feels that all the hard work finally paid off as they made it two games unbeaten following a run of five losses on the bounce.

Howe said: “That just goes to show why everyone loves the crazy game of football so much.

“The emotions we felt after the Barkley goal – we felt really hard done by. To lose the game would have been a travesty.

“But then to see Junior [Stanislas] rise and then feel that euphoria when he scored is what all the hard work is for.”