FA Cup: Wigan showed us respect, says Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe
Last Updated: 16/01/13 8:33am
Eddie Howe: Bournemouth suffered a narrow defeat to Mauro Boselli's goal
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was delighted to see his players make Premier League Wigan work hard for victory in their FA Cup third round replay.
A first-half strike from Mauro Boselli was enough to settle the close-fought tie in Wigan's favour.
It is the first time Howe has tasted defeat since he returned as Cherries boss, a run of 18 matches, but the former Burnley manager was pleased with the effort from his side.
"I thought it was a really good game and Wigan showed us a lot of respect with the team they picked," he said. "It was a strong team and we were slightly disappointed with our first-half performance.
"I think in the second half that all changed and we had a right go at Wigan and threw everything at them and, apart from their goalkeeper making some good saves and the woodwork, I think we would have deservedly forced extra time.
"I think it was a really good effort from the players, we did not necessarily lose it and I think Wigan won it. If a team was going to beat us, they were going to have to earn it."
Boselli's goal came courtesy of a mistake from Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, who lost possession to the Argentina striker before he fired Wigan ahead.
And Howe acknowledged that, against top-flight opponents, such errors do not go unpunished, as he said: "That is the difference between the levels really.
"On another day we would have got away with that mistake but we didn't and we got punished."