Bournemouth interim coach O'Neil highlights Neto influence

Bournemouth interim coach Gary O’Neil has praised the leadership of goalkeeper Neto after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.

The former Barcelona man pulled off a number of excellent saves to deny the Magpies at St. James’ Park.

O’Neil told the Daily Echo: “A lot of people have asked me about Neto. It’s a bit of a whirlwind when you’re on the side, but I don’t remember any massive saves where I think ‘we’ve got away with one there’.

“I felt fairly comfortable. Of course there are moments and at the end of the first half there was a sequence of set plays.

“I remember them having a long distance one that he had to tip over or around the post.”

O’Neil added: “Nets was really good for us. He’s a leader. He helps with the organisation of the back-line.

“But I didn’t feel like he was ever flat-out keeping us in it, to be honest.”