Poland keeper Artur Boruc given backing at Bournemouth following howler

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BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press

Poland goalkeeper Artur Boruc has been absolved of any blame at Bournemouth despite his latest error costing the Cherries all three points at the weekend.

The former Celtic shot-stopper, who has been named in Adam Nawalka’s squad for Thursdays crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at Hampden, gave away a disastrous goal in the 1-1 draw to Watford.

(Pic: Roger Gor)
Former Celtic keeper Boruc is in Poland squad to face Scotland (Pic: Roger Gor)

 

Boruc’s attempted pass to team-mate Sylvain Distin was cut out by Odion Ighalo and the Hornets forward was left with a simple tap into the unguarded net.

But Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe insists he is not pointing the finger at the 35-year-old.

Howe said: “Artur is experienced enough to know, and has worked long enough with us to know that there is no hangover from that mistake and that it’s business as usual.

“It was one of those things. We encourage our players and our goalkeeper to be brave and to take responsibility to play from the back. That is very much our philosophy.

“There is no blame attached to Artur, he has been excellent since he came here.

“He has made very few errors but, unfortunately, it is the life of a goalkeeper. You are going to make mistakes.

“It was just unfortunate with the timing of the goal and how dominant we had been in the half.

“It’s back to work to make ourselves better, no matter whether we win, lose or draw.”

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