Eddie Howe admits Norwich were fortunate to scrape into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Norwich City. Defender Steve Cook smashed home a 72nd-minute winner as the Premier League Cherries narrowly avoided an upset at the Vitality Stadium.
Norwich caused the hosts plenty of problems and briefly levelled when Onel Hernandez cancelled out Junior Stanislas’ first-half opener.
The impressive visitors, who hit a post through Dennis Srbeny in the first half, could have taken the tie to penalties but substitute Jordan Rhodes wasted a golden chance during seven minutes of added time.
“(It was a) tough, tough night for us, Norwich played very, very well, full credit to them,” said Howe. “We were below par, that made it a really difficult game for us. I thought we rode our luck but we got through and we’ll certainly take it.
“I need to speak to the players who played and get their thoughts. We just looked disjointed. We lacked a sharpness and a fluency in our game that’s usually there.
“Overall it was a disappointing performance but I suppose there must be good elements for us to have withstood the pressure and found a way to win.
“It won’t be a game that I want to dwell on too much. It’s great to be in the next round but we know the performance is one we won’t want to remember for too long.”