Eddie Howe: Gutsy Bournemouth showing hunger to survive

Bournemouth 3 Everton 3: Eddie Howe believes Bournemouth’s 3-3 draw with Everton has demonstrated his team are capable of playing their way to survival.

The Cherries recovered from 2-0 and 3-2 down to rescue a point with Junior Stanislas’ 98th-minute goal.

Everton took the lead with goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku. After Adam Smith and Stanislas scored to level the game at 2-2, Ross Barkley again put Everton ahead in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Incredibly, three minutes later, Stanislas equalised again to secure a 3-3 draw

Some observers argued that Bournemouth lack the quality to take the game to superior opponents and have urged them to adopt a more pragmatic approach, but Howe viewed the point against Roberto Martinez’s side as a vindication of their style.

Howe said: “I think (the result) just reinforces the belief that we can compete and we can beat teams.

“It’s a point that further enhances our mentality into believing in the way that we’re playing and the fact that we can get points from situations which look pretty desperate.

“I don’t think there is a right way (to play) but I think it’s the right way for us and I think it reinforces the belief to the players that it can be successful at this level.”

Adam Smith, whose outstanding finish inspired Bournemouth’s recovery, shares his manager’s belief and said that Saturday’s result has also given his team-mates the confidence they can survive.

“The character we showed at the end was amazing,” said the 24-year-old, whose goal came after Funes Mori and Lukaku had given Everton what appeared a comfortable lead. Smith and Stanislas pulled Bournemouth level, and Stanislas had the final word after Barkley scored what looked a 95th-minute winner. “A lot of teams would have given up. There must have been only 20 seconds left and we showed great character to come back from that. We’ve always had that never-say-die attitude. It showed why we think we are going to stay up,” Smith added.

Roberto Martinez believes Bournemouth will continue to improve as the season progresses. The Everton boss watched their opponents recover from 2-0 and 3-2 down to secure a 3-3 draw and a point with a 98th-minute equaliser from Stanislas.

Martinez said: “If you’ve got goals in your side you’ve always got opportunities to win football games.”

BOURNEMOUTH:

Federici (Allsop 46), Francis, Cook (Smith 46), Distin, Daniels, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Stanislas, Arter (Murray 76), King.

EVERTON:

Howard, Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Galloway, McCarthy (Cleverley 68), Barry, Deulofeu (Lennon 86), Barkley, Kone (Gibson 90), Lukaku.

Referee:

Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

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