‘We deserved it’: Gary O’Neil praises Bournemouth’s character following victory over Liverpool


‘We deserved it!’: Gary O’Neil insists Bournemouth’s shock victory over Liverpool was ‘no fluke’ and heaps praise on his side’s character… as Cherries bounce back after late heartbreak against Arsenal

  • Gary O’Neil was delighted following Bournemouth’s victory over Liverpool 
  • Bournemouth responded after frustration of their late defeat against Arsenal 
  • O’Neil’s side climbed out of the relegation zone after their 1-0 success

Gary O’Neil hailed Bournemouth’s character after they revived their survival hopes with the perfect response to the devastation they endured at Arsenal.

Bournemouth had not won at home since beating Everton 3-0 on November 12 but Phillip Billing’s first half strike was enough to topple Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp had no arguments with the outcome, as his team were persistently second best.

It was a huge effort from the home side, who had led 2-0 at The Emirates Stadium last weekend but ended up losing 3-2 in the 97th minute. There was no hangover and the nature of this display has left their manager believing they can extricate themselves from trouble.

‘We deserved it,’ said O’Neil. ‘I’m just pleased for the boys. The performance was no fluke. The performances in the last three games have been very good against top opposition. Fine margins can’t always go against you like they had been.

‘A clean sheet against one of the best teams in England who went into the game on the back of scoring seven, it showed the effort we put in. Like I said to the boys after we had won at Wolves, we have to just keep going.’

Gary O’Neil was delighted with the spirit that his Bournemouth side showed against Liverpool

Bournemouth were impressive as they bounced back from their late defeat against Arsenal

Bournemouth were impressive as they bounced back from their late defeat against Arsenal

O'Neil was pleased to see David Brooks (R) on the bench following his recovery from cancer

O’Neil was pleased to see David Brooks (R) on the bench following his recovery from cancer

O’Neil, who had previously worked on the coaching staff at the Liverpool Academy, added: ‘We got a bit fortunate with the (Mo Salah) penalty miss. I haven’t seen it back so not sure whether it was or wasn’t, but after the stuff that has gone against us we were due something.

‘To suffer the late goal at Arsenal, I was asked so many times if the boys would suffer a hangover from it, and there’s your answer. We were very down at the time and I reminded them of the work they put in and they were extremely unlucky for it to go against them.’

Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks made the bench for the first time since September 2021 having recovered from cancer. His name was sung throughout.

O’Neil said: ‘I was absolutely delighted for him. We still need to be realistic with what he can do at the moment. I was desperate to get him on but the game didn’t really go that way. He was delighted yesterday when he was told and the boys were delighted as well.’

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