Bournemouth's Eddie Howe was delighted to keep a clean sheet after his side had chalked up their sixth victory in seven games since he returned to the club last month, 1-0 at Doncaster.

During that spell Bournemouth have scored 19 goals, conceding seven, and after Harry Arter's solitary first-half strike had sealed three points for the Cherries, Howe said: "People have asked questions about us defensively so it was great to keep a clean sheet.

"Apart from the three points that was the most satisfying aspect for me, along with the effort we put in to the game. I thought the players worked really hard and they had to against a good Doncaster team.

"Things have gone our way since I came back and we've been praised for our free-scoring and free-flowing football, and it was probably the first time where we've had to batten down the hatches at times.

"We scored at just the right time because we had a lot of the game early on and Doncaster were just starting to get back into it.

"They came at us a bit in the second half, but I was really pleased with the way we saw the game out."

Doncaster boss Dean Saunders said: "We were on top for long periods in the game, but they defended with a lot of resilience and we just didn't get the breaks.

"I was pleased with the performance in view of the side we put out because we had half a team missing.

"I'm disappointed because we wanted to bounce back after losing the last match and it's important now that we don't go on a losing run after going seven matches unbeaten.

"Bournemouth are a side bidding for promotion, but I thought we did well against them without actually cutting them open and tearing them to shreds. Our approach work was good, but it's what happens in both boxes that counts."