Eddie Howe: AFC Bournemouth must 'earn the right to win games' after Leyton Orient defeat
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his side need to improve immediately after defensive mistakes condemned the Cherries to a fourth straight defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient.
Two goals from Charlie MacDonald helped Orient to a 3-1 win on Saturday, with the Cherries remaining in seventh place in the League One table.
Bournemouth are now seven points behind league leaders Doncaster Rovers.
"We can't afford to concede the goals like we did" explained Howe.
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"It is something we have to eradicate from our game immediately.
"We have to do the basics right because we have to earn the right to win games."
MacDonald opened the scoring for Orient mid-way through the first half, before doubling his tally just after the restart.
Despite Brett Pitman grabbing a lifeline for the Cherries, Kevin Lisbie secured all three points for the home side, who are now only eight points behind Bournemouth.
"They say that winning can become a habit yes and we don't want losing to be a habit now" added Howe.
"I don't see there being too much of an issue at the moment with the run we are on, but we know it must end.
"We need to perform better than we have been and I'm confident that we will."
AFC Bournemouth face league leaders Doncaster Rovers at next weekend at The Goldsands Stadium.