Bournemouth boss Howe admits Ibe made the difference for Brighton win

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England hitman Defoe bagged his first Bournemouth goal since a 3-3 draw at Reading on May 5, 2001 - when Howe featured in central defence.

Eddie Howe's side have struggled defensively, allowing eight goals in their first four games, including three last week against Arsenal.

"I felt like we controlled the game tonight, we created chances and had good energy levels". I thought it was very special play.

"And he's lost none of that". We were on the front foot. "The feeling is pure relief for everyone connected with the club". The latter two sides were relegated.The Cherries are in danger of losing five successive Premier League games for the first time.Bournemouth have won just five of their 23 league fixtures in 2017 (D7, L11).

However, the hosts rallied round and were level in the 67th minute through Andrew Surman before Jermain Defoe struck the victor six minutes later.

Eddie Howe has tipped Jordon Ibe to end his sticky Bournemouth start and realise his "immense promise" this season. "We need to get to know as a team what Jermain wants as he is different to the strikers we have at the club".

"He's got used to our training and how we work, he's understanding more that demand we put on our players".

"He thrives on those openings".

"There's no doubt though that this Friday is, by a considerable margin, the more important of the two".

He told the Daily Echo: "We have never really had a good start to the Premier League season". The former Ingolstadt midfielder was barracked by the home fans for staying down on the turf while the action continued around him.

"When you work so closely with a group every day you see the trends and you see the attitude, the willingness to do well - that's all there. we just haven't delivered on game day".

"The injury for Pascal was genuine". It's a tough lesson for us. He's not that type of player, to stay down.

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