Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe hailed Ryan Fraser’s lively start to the new campaign after the Scotland winger asked to play two games in four days.
Fraser was the only Bournemouth player to start Saturday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Everton and retain his place for Tuesday’s 3-0 Carabao Cup win over MK Dons.
The 24-year-old has been in blistering form at the start of the new campaign, scoring two goals in four appearances, and Cherries boss Howe praised his grafting attitude.
“Ryan Fraser asked to play in this game, and so did a couple of others, and that’s great to see,” said Howe.
“We brought him off in the second half just to make sure he’s OK, and obviously we wouldn’t have played anyone in this game and made anyone a doubt for the weekend.
“It’s great to see players taking that initiative and asking to play in a game like this – that’s exactly what you want.
“Ryan’s had a really good start to the season, and that’s been capped with a really good goal again on Tuesday.
“He wanted to play against MK Dons, and with Marc Pugh’s hamstring injury at the weekend it helped to have him out there.
“I wanted to play someone who wanted to play and he was rewarded with a good goal.”
Lys Mousset, Fraser and Jordon Ibe found the net to sink MK Dons but visiting boss Paul Tisdale left the Vitality Stadium a satisfied man.
Tisdale said: “I thought we gave a good account of ourselves against a very, very good team, so I’m happy with that.”
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