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Bournemouth boss Howe finds Cook positives in defeat to Newcastle

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he was happy with Lewis Cook in defeat to Newcastle United.

With Jefferson Lerma suspended, Cook stepped in and completed 90 minutes of the 2-1 loss at St James' Park alongside Philip Billing.

Howe told the Daily Echo: "I thought Cookie did well. He had a lot of the ball.

"I think he was always going to have quite a bit of the ball with the way they set up and the way we set up.

"I think he can be pleased with his afternoon."

He added: "I think he's done himself no harm. It was an energetic performance.

"Fitness wise he looked really good. Just remember it's early days from his long-term injury and it's just good to see him back playing football."

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