Eddie Howe admitted Bournemouth were well below their best against Southampton, but says a point was probably a fair result. The Cherries created little during a goalless draw at the Vitality Stadium and needed 72 minutes to register an attempt on target.
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Their unbeaten home record came under serious threat in the closing stages with Saints substitute Stuart Armstrong squandering golden opportunities.
Howe accepts his team must improve in order to continue their strong start to the season, but also gave credit to Southampton for nullifying his side.
“I don’t think we really got going today, it’s frustrating from our perspective, we know we can play better than that,” said Howe. “But I think you have to always respect the opposition, I thought Southampton made it difficult for us to really get going.
“We know that we have to look at ourselves and go away and analyse that game and come back a better team.
“(I am) frustrated that in a game of minimal chances that when they did come from our perspective we didn’t take them, but then Southampton will probably say the same from their perspective.
“We never had our fluency today, for whatever reason. It didn’t quite happen for our attacking players – not through lack of effort -I think you do get games like that. A draw is probably a fair result.”