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Howe hails Cherries comeback

24 October 2012

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe praised his side's reaction to going two goals down after they fought back to earn a point in an entertaining 3-3 draw at Notts County.

An 85th-minute equaliser by substitute Matt Tubbs kept up Howe's unbeaten return to the Cherries after Jamal Campbell-Ryce looked to have won it minutes earlier for County from the penalty spot.

The home side had led 2-0 at half-time through goals by Jeff Hughes and Yoann Arquin but Bournemouth hit back in the second period courtesy of a Josh McQuoid strike and a Harry Arter penalty before the late drama.

Howe said: "We found ourselves 2-0 against the run of play really. We had had the best chances in the game and were well on top but suddenly we were 2-0 down and we're wondering how that happened. The players reacted really well and it was an excellent second half performance which put us back in the game.

"It could have been easy to give up the ghost and just think it's not your day but the players responded and we had a really good spell in the first 20 minutes of the second half and deserved to be level.

"We wanted to win the game, hence why we put Steve Fletcher on with 10 minutes to go. We thought we could have a real go at them and he played his part in the equaliser, which he has done all his career."

Notts boss Keith Curle said his team were still learning but he was determined to keep playing entertaining football.

He said: "In the first half I think you saw the best of Notts County and in the second half it shows you what League One is all about. If you switch off you can be vulnerable. I don't think we were carved open, we just didn't defend a goalkeeper's kick and a random ball into our box. Then we got a dubious decision with the penalty.

"With a 2-0 lead at half-time the next goal is vital because if you get to go 3-0 they are dead and buried and all they want to do is get on the bus, but when you give them a glimpse at 2-1 it is hard.

"It is something that we are learning - it is only 13/14 games that we've been together and we are learning. I want to play entertaining, attacking football but I want to win so ideally I want that to keep that style of play but we need to tidy up at the back."

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