Bournemouth Manager Criticizes Costly Errors in Premier League Loss
|Head Coach Andoni Iraola of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Everton FC and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on October 07, 2023 in Liverpool, England.(Image-Getty)
Bournemouth's manager, Andoni Iraola, expressed concern over his team's recurring individual errors in the Premier League, emphasizing that these mistakes are costing the winless club valuable points. His remarks came after Bournemouth suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Everton on Saturday.
In the early stages of the match, Everton capitalized on a mistake by defender Illia Zabarnyi, taking the lead in the eighth minute. Later in the game, another error, this time a decision by goalkeeper Neto to punch the ball and collide with his own teammate, allowed Jack Harrison to score from a distance. This setback further added to Bournemouth's woes, leaving them in 19th place in the league standings.
Iraola lamented the team's defensive fragility and the costly errors, stating, "Until we are more solid defensively we will make those mistakes and it will be tough to win games. We knew that whoever scored first would be a big advantage."
He continued, "Mistakes are pretty obvious, it's not the first time that's happened this season and it's costing us points, games. We have to accept there is a moment when you have to take responsibility. We are a team but they are costing us points."
Bournemouth struggled to penetrate Everton's defense, and the pressure from Sean Dyche's side at Goodison Park rattled the visitors, leading to multiple turnovers.
Iraola emphasized the need for improved concentration and solid defensive performance, saying, "Concentration is something we have to work on in training. You have to focus for 100 minutes and not make these mistakes."
He acknowledged the importance of securing points, especially when facing relegation, and expressed the team's determination to find a way to turn their season around.