EPL: Hats off, Harry Arter!
After stunning Man United 2-1, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe salutes midfielder's decision to play Saturday’s match despite death of his baby daughter a few days ago
Bournemouth (UK): Harry Arter drove Bournemouth to a stunning 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Saturday with "real dignity" following the death of his daughter, according to Eddie Howe.
Bournemouth's manager Eddie Howe (right) embraces midfielder Harry Arter during the EPL match at Vitality Stadium on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Bournemouth boss Howe hailed midfielder Arter for keeping his raw emotions in check after he and his partner lost a child at birth in
Arter was close to tears when booked for a fulsome challenge, with Cherries boss Howe embracing his combative star on the final whistle.
Manager Howe hailed an unprecedented week for Bournemouth, following the 1-0 win at Chelsea, backing the promoted club to win their fight for Premier League safety.
"It's been a really tough week for Harry and his family, naturally," said Howe. "Life has a way of throwing these things at people and families, and it's been a hugely emotional week for him.
"I think he's handled himself with real dignity throughout the process, and to play the way he did today, with the emotions running through his body, I can't credit him enough for that. He showed real strength to keep his emotions in check, and I've got to say his teammates rallied around him really well.
"There were some emotional scenes in the dressing room afterwards. I'm really proud of him, but the pain for them won't go away, so we'll have to look after Harry, and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.
'Harry wanted to play'
"Harry wanted to play, there was no doubt in his mind that he wanted to play. I had to make an assessment of him and how he looked to me and have a chat with him.
"But there was no doubt once I'd spoken to him that I was going to play him today."
Junior Stanislas opened the scoring by curling home direct from a corner at Dean Court. United equalised through Marouane Fellaini's scruffy finish, but Bournemouth struck back and sealed the win through Josh King.
Bournemouth toppled United 2-0 in 1984's FA Cup under Harry Redknapp, with current boss Howe admitting he perhaps undervalued that achievement in cherishing his side's victory over Chelsea last week.