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Howe pleased with Bournemouth after battling Stoke win

Bournemouth enjoyed a 2-1 win over Stoke City on Saturday.

The Cherries, who won 3-0 at Chelsea in midweek, had to come from behind after Stoke took the lead after just five minutes through Xherdan Shaqiri's header.

With 20 minutes left, Joshua King equalised, and on 79 minutes substitute Lys Mousset headed in Jordon Ibe's free-kick at the back post to secure all three points.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: "It was a totally different game to the Chelsea one. There, everything went right for us, but here nothing seemed to go right in the opening part of the game.

"We conceded early and Steve Cook went off injured so it wasn't easy. I thought Stoke played very well, they made it very difficult for us. But, we grew into game and in the second half I felt that we were much better.

"The size of Stoke's squad was big and we knew that set-plays would be difficult. [Xherdan] Shaqiri took his goal well and it was a difficult moment in the game for us.

"It was key that we didn't concede a second because we knew that we'd come strong at some point. At half-time, we changed things tactically because it was hard to go through centrally with Stoke playing a holding midfielder."

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