Howe lauds Cherries’ bouncebackability

Eddie Howe says his Bournemouth side is steadily improving, pointing to their ability to bounce back from disappointment and grind out results.

The Cherries overcame champions Leicester City 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday night, with Mark Pugh on target after 34 minutes, after going down 3-2 to Burnley on Saturday.

And Howe feels, despite their criticisms, that Bournemouth should feel proud of their current eighth-place position in the Premier League standings.

He told the club's official website: "It was very much a good response from Saturday's result.

"I think the most pleasing thing is this season, we have the ability to respond to setbacks very well, and that's a really good sign for the future."

He added: "We've been in the Premier League a while, but it's a nice thing to say [that the Cherries are eighth]."

Up next for Bournemouth is a clash with Southampton, and Howe is hopeful of further improvements.

"The team this season is growing, getting better and there's a lot more to come. Other people may sit back and look at the table but I'm looking to achieve more, starting with Southampton next weekend," he added.

Howe also had praise for goalscorer Pugh, who was making only his fourth appearance for the club this season.

"Marc was magnificent tonight, it was a performance that shows everything what I look for in a Bournemouth player.

"He was out of the squad, not just out the team, and he's had to wait and bide his time. He's been a model professional, he's played development games across the country and conducted himself so well.

"He deserves this more than anyone."