AFC Bournemouth 3-1 Tranmere Rovers: Howe opens account with impressive win
Eddie Howe opened the latest chapter of his AFC Bournemouth career with an impressive victory over league leaders - Tranmere Rovers.
The club's new manager recorded a much-needed victory from his first game in charge, as the 34-year-old looks to turn Bournemouth's season around.
The Cherries dominated large chunks of the match at The Goldsands Stadium, and secured a comfortable win thanks to second-half strikes from Harry Arter and Simon Francis.
The league leaders had taken an early lead, when Jake Jervis scored against the run of play. However, a determined performance allowed the Dorset side to secure their second straight win in front of their home fans.
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Speaking to the club's official website, Howe said: "The supporters showed last week against Leyton Orient that they had a huge bearing on the game, and today they were fantastic again.
"They gave the players a lift, especially after the break and we scored at a good time. It was a really enjoyable second half."
Jervis gave the visitors a surprise lead six minutes before half time, as he fired home from close range. However, Bournemouth started the second half full of confidence, and were soon level after Ben Gibson headed Marc Pugh's free-kick past his own goalkeeper.
A powerful drive from Harry Arter gave the Cherries a deserved lead before the hour mark, before Simon Francis sealed the three points with another long-range effort.
Bournemouth move up to eighteenth place in League One, while Tranmere remain on top of the league.
"In the second half, they showed great character against a side unbeaten in the league this season" added Howe.
"It was a good achievement and there were some really good signs. The players have been a real pleasure to work with this week and I've really enjoyed it, and it's great that we topped it off with a win."