Bournemouth's Defoe strikes to seal comeback win over Brighton

Eddie Howe feels Bournemouth's losing start to the season is down to poor performances rather than poor attitudes

Claim the three points and Bournemouth can draw a line under their tepid start to the campaign and work towards their goal of a fourth consecutive Premier League season.

"This is the first meeting between these two coastal clubs since April 2015, but there won't be a long wait until the next match as they face each other again in the EFL Cup on Tuesday".

Bournemouth's poor start to the season is not a effect of the attitude of the players but an inability to deliver when it matters, manager Eddie Howe has said. The four games we've played, I feel we've been right in them.

Howe is unfazed by the club's form ahead of their home game against Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday night and said Bournemouth would turn the corner eventually.

"We know that we'll be judged on these games".

Chris Hughton admits he can not resist studying the Premier League table, even though the season is just four games old.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino reveals how Harry Kane saved his job
But Kane scored in the last minute and Pochettino believes that to be a turning point in his time at the club. "The truth is that Chelsea have been after me for a long time, but at the end, you know how this works".

"It is a tough place to go on a Friday night under the floodlights, but I just hope we can take some of that confidence from Saturday's game". This is an important game since both of these teams look like they will be fighting for relegation come the end of the season.

'We've always been very good on the ball and we haven't quite seen that, ' said Howe.

"Also I thought we conceded two poor goals, which was unlike us given what we'd done in the period before that".

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But Surman's maiden Premier League goal and Defoe's first Bournemouth strike since a teenage loan spell 18 seasons ago secured precious points for Howe and vindicated the decision to sign the former Sunderland marksman.

Brighton got their first Premier League victory last week against West Brom. He has scored against 35 of the 38 previous sides he has faced.

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