The clean sheet will surely prove more significant in the long run as Howe’s team have demonstrated time and again that scoring goals will not be a problem.
Quick-fire goals from Callum Wilson after four minutes and Matt Ritchie five minutes later succumbed the Black Cats to their fourth defeat of the season.
Sunderland’s Fabio Borini struck a volley narrowly over in the second half, before team-mate Younes Kaboul was sent off for a second yellow.
“I think Callum’s potential is limitless, he is strong, quick and a good finisher and one of the features today was his hold-up play”. But Bournemouth understood it better than we did. For the fans it is a shame.
“I said before the game the importance of our home form, the confidence it can give us”.
“Everybody has to realise that we have had a really, really hard time because we brought players in late”, said the experienced Dutch coach. We work hard in training so me and the players have to look in the mirror. “Hopefully they will come back with an answer”.
Dick Advocaat left Sunderland at the end of last season, and may well be wishing he’d stuck to that decision following his u-turn and the performances his side have put in thus far. “I don’t want to say something about that because they spent £50m, which is a little different to what we’ve done”. Sunderland, it should be noted, spent £33m in the summer window.
Glenn Murray is likely to make his first start for the home side after making his debut off the bench in the last game.
The game this afternoon was arguably over before it had even begun with two goals inside the first ten minutes effectively putting to bed any chance of Sunderland winning the game.
Jermain Defoe was clean through but never in full control of the ball and Artur Boruc saved his effort with his legs, moments later the striker nodded wide but he was flagged offside anyway. I thought Sylvain made a huge impact. Pugh, in contrast, has been an essential part of a Bournemouth team that has climbed from League Two into the Premier League.