Howe hails Bournemouth start

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says his side's electric start to the game was crucial to their 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

Callum Wilson slotted home his fifth goal of the season before Matt Ritchie volleyed home a sensational strike to give the Cherries a two-goal advantage in the opening 10 minutes.

And Howe was delighted with how Bournemouth started the game at Dean Court and pleased with the way they sustained the performance in the second half.

"It was an electric start from us, the crowd played a big part in that. It's great to have started well and got the goals because at times we've started well and not built a lead," he told Sky Sports.

"That was key in winning the game. You've got to want that start and I thought the players were magnificent in doing that. The key thing was at half-time we didn't change, we kept our momentum.

"[Ritchie's goal] was a moment of real brilliance. The first touch won't get talked about but that was excellent and it enabled him to hit it with that trusted left foot.

"I said before the game the importance of our home form, the confidence it can give us. We believe we can win. I think [Saturday's result] has gone a long way to proving that in the players' mindset.

"That's why [the result] was so important."