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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Harry's game still at a low since defeat to the Danes

Harry Arter
Harry Arter

Harry Arter's confidence is still being affected by Ireland's defeat to Denmark in the World Cup play-offs, according to his club boss.

Arter was left on the bench by Eddie Howe for Bournemouth's Premier League draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday, the Cherries now four games without a win.

Midfielder Arter had been a key figure for the side in the early part of the season but he has not completed the 90 minutes for Bournemouth in the three games he played for the club since the 5-1 loss to Denmark, and he has been absent from the side for the last two games."I think he has had an up and down season," Howe told the Bournemouth Daily Echo.

"There have been games where he has been good and games where perhaps he has not been as good as he wants to be.

"The disappointment of losing out on the World Cup opportunity and going through those experiences potentially knocked him a little bit," added Howe, admitting that Arter seems to have lost his way. When I picture him at his best he is covering every blade of grass, fighting for every loose ball and is a real driving force for the team," Howe added.

"We need him back at his best because he is a difference-maker for us. He is an energiser within the group and, when he is playing well, he drives a team forward. All those qualities we need and we need them now. We are looking for him to get back to his best form as quickly as possible."

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