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Pitman goal icing on cake for Howe

27 December 2012

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hailed Brett Pitman after the striker scored his first goal since returning to Dean Court during the Cherries' 3-0 win over Yeovil.

Pitman's late penalty sealed a routine victory to extend Bournemouth's unbeaten run to 14 games.

It was the first time Pitman had found the net since his loan move from Bristol City and Howe said: "It was really pleasing to see Brett Pitman on the scoresheet."

He added: "There was a discussion between him and our regular penalty taker Charlie Daniels as to who was going to take the penalty, but Brett needed a goal and he thumped it home.

"You've got to remember he's not played that much football, certainly until he came back here.

"He's had a few chances again and him getting off the mark is a real positive."

Howe added: "I thought the first half was a cagey affair and, on reflection, we played a lot better in the second.

"The wet pitch and the driving rain made it difficult, but the first goal settled us down. It could have been five or six at the end. Teams will come here, shut up shop and make it difficult for us and Yeovil were no different."

Yeovil had their chances, notably efforts from Jamie McAllister and a header from Dominic Blizzard which looped just over the crossbar.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson said: "The first half was pretty even-steven and we had a couple of opportunities. But as the game wore on Bournemouth looked Championship quality. They got more effective and us less so."

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