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Howe: Win was fully deserved

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt his side deserved their 1-0 Sky Bet Championship win at Barnsley, which came courtesy of a stoppage-time goal from Steve Cook.

Cook scored from close in at the second attempt after seeing his initial effort blocked following a corner.

The Cherries had chances before the goal with Andrew Surman missing the target from a good position and the woodwork coming to the home's rescue late on to deny Matt Ritchie. Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele also made some good saves.

The Tykes' best chances fell to Martin Woods and Marcus Pedersen, with the former failing to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.

Howe said: "I felt we deserved to win, overall.

"Barnsley started the game well and had a couple of chances themselves in the game, but overall I thought we were the dominant team and had more chances.

"Barnsley are fighting for their lives and I feel for them because it was a cruel one but I'm really pleased for my team and my supporters.

"We talk to our defenders all the time about set-pieces and Ian Harte's delivery again was so important.

"Our defending in recent games has been a highlight and we defended very well as a group.

"It pleases me no end to get clean sheets because it's not something we've been associated with this year, but that has been a real improvement in the side in recent weeks.

"I'm reluctant to talk about individuals but Steve Cook put in a good performance and Tommy Elphick led by example as captain. The whole back four has played a huge part in that.

"If the season finished now, I'd say that we'd achieved our objective.

"We're in a good position to move forward with a young team to get better next year."

Tykes boss Danny Wilson said: "It's a very cruel game at times.

"When you find yourself in the position that we're in, you just want to have a stroke of luck at times and it went against us.

"Thankfully, we're still in the fight and still in the mix. If we can show the commitment and desire that we showed today for the rest of the games, we'll have a chance.

"I thought the lads fought hard at times against a very good Bournemouth side.

"We negated their game-plan for long periods of the game and frustrated them while creating some chances ourselves.

"The chances that we had were clear-cut and against a good side you have to take them.

"It's tough but it's not something that fazes us. We're going to have a real good go at it.

"All we can do is try to win every game we play in to give ourselves a chance."