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League One

Cherries start to gather momentum

28 October 2012

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe praised the players who have made it a happy return for him to the south coast with seven points from a possible nine after a 4-2 win at Carlisle.

Mark Pugh struck twice for Bournemouth in the eighth and 31st minutes and although Ryan Noble pulled one back for Carlisle in the first half, Lewis Grabban and Lee Barnard struck again for the visitors after the break before Carlisle substitute Dave Symington struck late on.

Howe's return to his former club from Burnley has coincided with a run of excellent form, but he was honest enough to admit: "We were not at our best although we played some good stuff and scored four good goals."

Howe added: "We are gaining momentum and have got to be pleased with four points from two tough away games this week.

"After the fourth goal we looked like scoring every time we went forward. The players gave everything again and have responded brilliantly.

"Pughy took his goals really well. Our goals return in the last few games has been excellent. We gave away two scruffy goals from our perspective, but travelling has not been easy this week and the players deserve a pat on the back."

Carlisle assistant Graham Kavanagh pulled no punches after the match.

He said: "We defended terribly and it was a frustrating performance.

"To be fair to the lads they kept going, but the sooner we turn it around the better."

Kavanagh added: "We weren't very good. Once we conceded the second goal there was only one team in it."

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