September 16 2014 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Monday, September 1, 2014
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is convinced Callum Wilson will emerge from Lewis Grabban’s shadow after the duo were both on target for their new clubs.
Howe convinced Wilson to reject Norwich’s overtures and head south from Coventry City during the summer to fill the attacking void left by Grabban after Norwich activated a release clause in his Cherries’ contract following a 22-goal haul for Howe’s men last season.
Both underlined their predatory instincts in an intriguing sub-plot at Carrow Road, with Grabban’s near post first-half header cancelled out by Wilson’s far post finish after a flowing move from the visitors.
“Their goal was a disappointment because it was out of context in the game,” said Howe. “They had not had a chance, it was their first ball into the box and they scored. For Grabs to score a header is equally frustrating because it’s not really his trademark but he took it well.
“We didn’t want to lose Lewis, for sure, but Norwich met a clause in his contract. When someone does that well, as he did last year, not only with a strike partner but in the role Callum played in this game, you do not want to lose him and his goals but the reality for us is that Norwich can far outweigh our resources.
“We had to deal with that and it gave us a chance to bring in someone who is unproven at this level but he has not let us down. We needed to find one of a similar ilk but I actually feel they are totally different. What they perhaps have in common is the same pace, Callum has those attributes and has done very well for us, and in this game he did fantastically because at times he had a thankless task.”
Howe was adamant his side were far from their best in possession, apart from a slick 31-pass move for Wilson’s equaliser in the final meaningful act of the opening period.
“The goal was magnificent. I don’t know how many passes we put together,” he said. “We switched the play from side to side and it was a really incisive move. Although it looked an easy finish, it wasn’t. The ball came at a pace and Callum was running, so he controlled the shot very well. It was a wonderful ball from Junior Stanislas to cut them open and a great run and cross from Simon Francis.
“We didn’t show that kind of quality often enough; we did for that moment, and there is more in the tank. I think we can play better and that’s the pleasing thing. We came here and really gave a good account of ourselves. I think all things considered, it’s a good sign for us. We hoped to nick a second on the counter after the break but we didn’t make the most of it.”