Manager Eddie Howe was quoted in the Bournemouth Evening Echoas saying on Adam Smith, who played a key role in the 2-0 win: "With the game coming round so quickly, we wanted to rest a couple of players that we felt needed it. Smithy has done well whenever he has come on as a sub in the wide areas so it was a chance to look at him in that position from the start and I thought he did well. He’s a versatile player and can play as a full-back or wide. I would have no issue playing him in any of the four positions either side. It’s great to have a player of that calibre and quality in your squad who is willing to play in those positions".