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Howe: We're Low On Confidence

1 September 2012

ddie Howe admitted his players were low on confidence following the 3-1 home defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.E

Craig Mackail-Smith's stunning brace, either side of Gordon Greer's own goal, put the Seagulls in the driving seat, before Greer headed home a late third to put the seal on a miserable day at Turf Moor.

And Howe made no excuses following a third straight league defeat.

He admitted: "When you lose three games in a row the confidence is going to be knocked slightly. 

"I think it's such an important aspect of any player's performance. They have to have belief in themselves and with three defeats that has taken a bit of a knock, but it's still so early in the season and we have to be strong, show character and fight back.

"It's a young group and we have to build them back up and make sure the attitude is right and we'll be fine."

Howe added: "I was disappointed, especially in the first half. 

"In the second I felt we had a right go and at 1-1 it was open and could have gone either way. 

"We were well in the game and Junior had a great chance form a header and Charlie and Ross had chances too, but we've conceded for three set plays and the second goal knocked the stuffing out of us really.

"It was a great finish, but from our perspective we should have got a head to it before the overhead kick.

"It was a great finish, but we should have got somebody to it."

Martin Paterson was a surprise inclusion from the bench after passing a fitness test on the morning of the game.

But despite his second half introduction, and a debut for Hull City loanee Cameron Stewart, there was to be no happy ending.

Howe said: "We were delighted to get Martin back. He had a fitness test on Saturday morning and he's still not 100 per cent ready, so we decided to start with him on the bench to protect him.

"As for Cameron, there's a lot more to come. He has come in cold and not even trained with us yet, but we're pleased to have him and hopefully he can kick on from here."

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