Nathaniel Clyne’s AFC Bournemouth debut ended in defeat but Eddie Howe was impressed by the Liverpool loanee’s performance.
The full-back made a temporary move to the Vitality Stadium until the end of the season last Thursday and went straight into the Cherries’ starting line-up for their clash with Brighton and Hove Albion 48 hours later.
Howe’s team were knocked out of the FA Cup by virtue of a 3-1 home loss but the Bournemouth boss praised Clyne, who completed the full 90 minutes, after the match.
“It was a good performance from Nathaniel,” he said.
“It’s very difficult to come into the team when you haven’t had a training session with your teammates, but he acquitted himself well. He learned on the job regarding how we play. Defensively, he was excellent.
“He’s a player with huge experience and undoubtable ability so he was the obvious candidate for us when the transfer window opened.”
Another on-loan Reds player enjoyed a better FA Cup third-round result, however, as Herbie Kane’s League One side Doncaster Rovers beat Championship outfit Preston North End 3-1 away from home.
Meanwhile, Sheyi Ojo played 80 minutes of Stade Reims’ 2-0 victory over Lens in the Coupe de France.