Pep Guardiola hailed David Silva as “one of the best players” he has seen after he contributed to all three of Manchester City’s goals in a convincing win at Bournemouth.
The sweltering south coast conditions probably did not help, as the hosts chased shadows in the first 30 minutes with City dominating possession.
However, much of that could be attributed to Bournemouth’s own errant passing and Howe was heartened his side responded and did not capitulate against the champions.
The Cherries even had a measure of control in the 10 minutes either side of half-time, when Charlie Daniels’ knee injury prompted a reshuffle of personnel and the introduction of their scorer Wilson.
His effort that flew into the top-right corner was far from an isolated attempt at goal.
Nathan Ake miscued a volley after Steve Cook’s long throw, while Adam Smith blazed a glorious chance over the City bar from six yards, after being presented with the ball by visiting defender Nicolas Otamendi.
Callum Wilson also drew a save from Ederson as Bournemouth continued to press though, in the end, that proved scant consolation.
“We did have our chances and that’s the frustrating thing,” Howe said.
“Compare this game to our previous encounters against Manchester City, and that’s the most we’ve created by a long way. We were a constant menace to them physically, but it was a really tough afternoon – we really had to dig in for long spells.”
Man of the Match – David Silva (Man City)
Bournemouth’s City hoodoo – the stats
- Manchester City have won all nine of their top-flight games against Bournemouth – the best 100% win record by a team over an opponent in top-flight history.
- Bournemouth have lost four of their last seven home Premier League matches (W1 D2 L4), as many as in their previous 18 at the Vitality Stadium.
- Man City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne registered his 50th Premier League assist in his 123rd appearance, reaching the tally in the fewest number of games in the competition’s history.
- Sergio Aguero’s second goal was his 400th career goal for club and country, with 235 of those coming for City.
- Bournemouth’s Harry Wilson became the youngest player (22 years & 156 days) to score in his first two Premier League appearances since Anthony Martial in September 2015 for Manchester United (19 years & 289 days).
- In all competitions, City’s Raheem Sterling has scored 11 goals against Bournemouth – more than any other opponent during his club career.
- City’s David Silva assisted twice in this game and has assisted more than once in 14 separate Premier League games – only Ryan Giggs and Cesc Fabregas have done so more often (17 games).
- Aguero and Silva have combined for 27 Premier League goals – the only duos to combine for more are Thierry Henry and Robert Pires (29) and Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36).
Bournemouth host Forest Green in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday 28 August (19:45 BST) before travelling to Leicester in the Premier League, on Saturday 31 August (15:00 BST).
Manchester City are next in action when they welcome Brighton to Etihad Stadium in the Premier League, on Saturday 31 August (15:00 BST).