Eddie Howe frustrated after loss against Wolves
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was left to ponder the opportunity his side missed after the Cherries lost 1-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Raul Jimenez's 70th-minute header kept Wolves' hope of catching the top four for Champions League football alive while the loss keeps the Cherries in the bottom three on goal difference.

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'Really hurting at the moment'

Speaking to afcbTV following the match, Howe said he was "very disappointed, really hurting at the moment. The run of results we've been on at the moment is really tough to take. We look back and we'll be kicking ourselves that we didn't get at least a draw. There was very little in the game, I thought the lads gave everything to a really good defensive performance."

Jimenez's strike was especially hurtful because "one moment costs us and we'll be kicking ourselves really. I thought we started the game really well and penned them back in. We had a number of set plays and half chances, no real clear-cut chances, they're a difficult team (to) create against."

"The two teams we've played against, Crystal Palace and Wolves, are very solid defensively, but they didn't hurt us too much at the other end and it's that moment and the goal we'll reflect on and be hard on ourselves about. Today we are probably below where we normally are, that's the disappointment, and I think if we had been better, there would have been moments for us to hurt them on transitions."

'We were forced to a degree'

Philip Billing returned to the starting lineup after missing 11 games through injury, but could only last until halftime with Howe having Harry Wilson, Dominic Solanke and Arnaut Danjuma as attacking options off the bench.

"We were forced to a degree, Phil picked up a dead leg, he thought he'd be fine to carry on but he couldn't after halftime and then we had David Brooks and Junior Stanislas who haven't had a great deal of football. They were enforced changes but we have a good squad to make those changes and try to impact the game."

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'I was pleased for him to make his debut'

One bright spot for Bournemouth was the return of defender Lloyd Kelly, who made his Premier League debut after missing much of the season with an injury.

"I was pleased for him to make his debut", Howe said. "He's trained well and physically he looks the part. He's got good stature and has a lovely left foot. It was a big moment for him and I thought he did well when he came on."

The focus now turns to Newcastle United next Wednesday and the manager knows how important the game is.

"They are all big and they get bigger. We're aware of that and we've got to make sure we're at our very best."