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AFC Bournemouth: Arter relieved to right a wrong
RETURNING midfielder Harry Arter revealed he was relieved to right his first-half wrong with a pivotal strike in Cherries’ show-stopping fight-back against Millwall.
The 23-year-old, making his first appearance for a month following a thigh injury, admitted he felt obliged to make up for giving away the ball immediately before Liam Trotter’s second goal for the Lions.
But the Cherries midfield maestro atoned for that indiscretion with his first Championship goal to put the hosts 3-2 up and turn the tables on the flailing Lions.
After Eddie Howe’s men had completed a memorable 5-2 success over Steve Lomas’s beleaguered troops, Arter insisted his contribution was the least he expected of himself.
In a frank assessment of his display, Arter told the Daily Echo: “On a personal note, it was a mixed afternoon. I was very disappointed with my first-half performance.
“It was nowhere near good enough and I knew it needed to be better.
“I felt I needed to do something to get out of the hole I was in having given away the goal.
“I was glad to make up for it by scoring.
“The most important thing was to get back to winning ways. In the end, it was comfortable and it was very good for us to score four goals in a half at this level.
“We looked unstoppable at the start of the second half and it was a great comeback. Once we were on top, we kept the ball in midfield quite a lot and that helped us dictate the play.”
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