Manager Eddie Howe was quoted after the bame as saying: "We were below our best. We were not as sharp and positive as we usually are with our passing. In the end, even though we scored two great goals, the fact we did not get beaten was positive. It is a learning curve and I back the team to come back stronger for it. If we could have played anywhere near how we can the result would have been different. The next stage for us is to put our stamp on our rivals. I don't think we have done that against the sides we will be battling with at the end of the season".