Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe issues backing to under-fire defender

Eddie Howe
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has backed his defender Steve Cook who had a disastrous game during his club’s 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool during the weekend. 
The Cherries would have been expected to lose against the team who are now top of the League standings following Manchester City’s shock 2-0 loss against Chelsea. However, not many people would have expected them to be thrashed, as they have been playing impressively so far this season. 
The result will be a confidence blow for Howe’s side who have now lost five out of their last six League games after having made a good start to the season. 
Cook was unable to contain Mohamed Salah during the game and the Egyptian went on to score a hat-rick to take his tally for the season to 10. The 27-year-old Cook was responsible for three Reds goals which included an own goal which he scored during the 68th minute of the game. 
Following his disastrous performance, Cook was criticized by many fans while he became the subject of jokes to others. 
Howe has however come out in support of his defender. As quoted by The Bournemouth Echo, he said: “He’s been excellent this season and we back him,”
“We put our arms around him and support him because no one goes out to intentionally make a mistake and he’s been so reliable.
“You have to look at the season as a whole. He has been there for us when we needed him and has been a leader of the team. He has been a rock at the back.
“You have moments which don’t go your way. Unfortunately, every mistake he made today seemed to cost us and sometimes you just have days like that.
“It’s football. It’s professional sport. You are going to have good days and bad days. 

“The most important thing is how you react to those moments and knowing Cookie, he is going to be fine.”

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