​Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was understandably downbeat after seeing his side slide to a stoppage-time defeat to Chelsea in their Carabao Cup quarter-final tie.

The Cherries looked to have forced extra time after Dan Gosling's last-minute goal, but a lapse in concentration moments later saw Alvaro Morata seal ​Chelsea's place in the semi-final.


Admitting it was a crushing blow in his post-match press ​conference, Howe said; "It feels heart-breaking to be honest and the players gave everything. We didn’t get the best start and they scored a good goal from their perspective.

"In the second half, we had waves of attack and we scored, but the last part of the game is bitterly disappointing. I think we’re experienced enough to know, but it’s just one of those things."

The ​Bournemouth boss was also downbeat when asked about striker Jermain Defoe, who was forced to limp off in the opening stages of the game.

Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth - Carabao Cup Quarter-Final

"Jermain [Defoe] looks like he’s got some damage to his ankle ligaments, it was a nasty tackle. I haven’t seen it back, but I didn’t think it was a red card and my gut was that it was a yellow.

"However, we lost Jermain and that’s going to be a big blow."

After back-to-back league defeats against Manchester United and ​Liverpool, Howe's side will attempt to bounce back from their latest defeat when they travel to the Etihad Stadium to face a rampant ​Manchester City side, seeking their 17th consecutive ​Premier League victory.