Dan Gosling could be handed the chance to impress as Bournemouth make the long trip to Hartlepool in the Capital One Cup.
Howe added: “The cup competitions are important”.
And, after Pugh contributed to an historic day for Bournemouth on Saturday, manager Eddie Howe has hailed the attacker’s wider contribution since arriving from Hereford United in 2010, when the club had just won promotion from League Two.
Once again Slaven Bilic found himself lamenting his players’ inability to do the basics properly and, while all four of Bournemouth’s goals were down to individual errors, West Ham United’s second consecutive home defeat was the direct result of the kind of indiscipline and collective incompetence that was rarely seen under Sam Allardyce. He destroyed us in one game and I think every penny was well spent.
“The really pleasing thing from our perspective was that to a man, the players did that”. We knew it would be a tough place to come and that it would be a hard game for us if we didn’t get that side of it right.
“If everyone is playing well and we are winning, it’s good“.
Meanwhile, it was a special night for 18-year-old youth graduate Matt Butcher, who made his professional debut by coming on for the final 13 minutes of the clash.
‘We enjoyed it immensely and in some senses, that helped kick-start our league campaign, ‘ said Howe.
“But that just opens your eyes as to what the Premier League is about, if you’re not focused for 90 minutes then they are going to come back into the game”. “He is a player of real potential”.