Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admitted his side's 1-1 draw at home to Stevenage felt like a defeat.

Substitute Matt Tubbs came off the bench to salvage Howe's unbeaten record since returning to Dean Court from Burnley by cancelling out Greg Tansey's first-half opener.

Bournemouth should have been celebrating a sixth successive home victory after squandering a host of chances to snatch all three points.

Howe said: "It was a frustrating night but there was a lot of pride with the way we played after conceding a goal midway through the first half.

"We should have comfortably won the game but it was one of those nights when it was never going to drop for us. Their goalkeeper had a great night.

"It is frustrating our winning run has come to an end but obviously you cannot win every game. It almost feels like a defeat but it was another step forward because it was another step forward.

"Stevenage came here and defended really well and full credit to them for that. They battened down the hatches and from their perspective it was a really good rear-guard performance."

Stevenage manager Gary Smith was delighted with his side's response to losing four of their previous five games, and he said: "It was a really good point for us, especially after our resent results and the goals we have been conceding. The effort and spirit was there for all to see.

"Bournemouth had plenty of chances to win but there was a question mark about their goal. First of all I thought our goalkeeper may have been fouled and Tubbs may well have been offside.

"None the less I am delighted with the point, which gives us a platform to take when we play Tranmere on Saturday in what will be another tough game."