Exeter City Reaction - Cherries

Last updated : 11 March 2009 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Speaking after the match, manager Eddie Howe was quoted in the Bournemouth Evening Echo about the win and dedicating it to Alan Connell, who was missing on compasionate leave: "The players spoke about Alan in the huddle before the game and again following the final whistle. We wanted to win for him and would like to dedicated this victory to him and his family".

On the match, Howe went on to say: "I was fuming at half-time because I didn't think we turned up in the first half. It was probably as angry as I have been. Exeter played really well and could have been more than one up at the break. Although we came back into it in the final 10 minutes, we started slowly and could have been punished further. I can't repeat what was said at half-time but it seemed to get a few of them going and, thankfully, the second-half performance showed what we're about. But it shouldn't have to take a few words from me at half-time to get that. In fairness to the boys, they responded like they have all the time I've been here and I thought we were outstanding in the second half. We turned the game on its head and we have to give the players the credit for that. Our work-rate and commitment were much better in the second half. Exeter couldn't handle us and we looked dangerous going forward. It made a big difference. Brett showed two sides to his game. He was unplayable in the second half. He could have scored contender for goal of the season and then perhaps did score contender for goal of the season. He just needs consistency to his game".