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Eddie Howe upbeat over Play-Off hopes

12 April 2014

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe feels his side should not be too downbeat despite seeing their five-game winning streak come to an end with a 1-1 draw at strugglers Yeovil Town.

Kieffer Moore's first-half opener was cancelled out by a freak goal from Ryan Fraser to keep the Cherries in the Sky Bet Championship play-off hunt.

Howe remained optimistic about his side's promotion prospects, and believes there will be plenty more twists and turns before the season comes to an end.

He said: "We weren't at our very best today and physically we looked a bit tired with all our exertions in recent weeks and what we've given in those games.

"We looked leggy but it could have gone either way.

"This is a difficult place to come and Yeovil are still fighting. We lacked our usual zip and sharpness and that's what has held us back.

"We had some good play and created a couple of good chances where we should have done better, so we're slightly disappointed.

"Our goal was unusual to say the least, the defender tried to clear it and it just hit Ryan [Fraser], but sometimes you get rewarded for your hard work.

"We won't give up and who knows what's in store, how many points we may need and who will get sixth spot, but I'm proud of the boys. We were 1-0 down at a difficult ground and could have easily got beaten.

"We will keep looking at the bigger picture. We want to win every game but oppositions will always try to stop you."

Yeovil were on course to claim a surprise win, but were left to rue a moment of misfortune when defender Byron Webster's clearance cannoned into the face of Fraser and looped over goalkeeper Marek Stech.

The draw leaves the Glovers five points from safety and manager Gary Johnson said: "We are gutted because of the way they got the equaliser, but I've got to be happy that our lads have got their mojo back.

"We played good football and defended well against a team that were looking to win to keep their play-off hopes alive. Their hopes are still alive, but so are ours.

"I was pleased with our performance because we entertained, but the equaliser was gutting because we deserved more than a draw.

"It's a complete freak but I will try to take the positives from the match. We played well and matched them in every department.

"I can at least go home happy that my team looked like a Championship team here. After every round of games you look at the table and we're now a bit closer to our rivals, but it means the next game is even more important to try and get that win."

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