Howe concedes defeat

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admits that his side were nowhere near their best in their 3-0 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The Cherries had won three in a row prior to the match in London, where Harry Kane opened the scoring after just 45 seconds and made it 2-0 in the 16th minute before Christian Eriksen put the game to bed in the 52nd minute.

"We were well off it in the first half in particular," Howe said. "We were nowhere near our normal standards, the early goal contributed to that but we fell short. It was disappointing, the early goal hurt us badly.

"In the second half we gave it a right go, we tried to get back into it, but the third goal killed the game. We came here full of confidence knowing we were facing a good side, but we didn't deliver – with and without the ball we were poor.

"There's a lot we can take from them though. It can be a really good learning tool for us as they are an impressive side and we need to learn from it to continue developing."

This is the second heavy defeat the Cherries have suffered at the hands of Spurs this season after losing 5-1 in the reverse fixture in October, leading to Howe to proclaim Mauricio Pochettino's men the strongest in the Premier League.

"This game is a way of telling us we have work to do and we can look at this to become the best team we can be in the long term," he added.

"No disrespect to anyone else but in our eyes they're the best team we've played, they're someone for us to look at to try to emulate."

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