Howe hails promoted Cherries

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hailed a "brilliant story" as almost 2,000 travelling fans partied on the pitch after goals from Brett Pitman and Alan Connell at Burton clinched promotion back to League One.

Pitman's 27th strike of the campaign put the Cherries in front after 67 minutes and Connell came off the bench to score with his first touch in the 90th minute.

"It's been difficult because we had a transfer embargo for more than a year," said Howe. "We've got the same 19 players that just managed to stay in the league last season and now we've got promotion 12 months later, so it's a brilliant story."

He added: "We've had injuries and sometimes we've only been able to name one or two subs. But the players in all the adversity - some playing with an injury and others playing out of position - have responded time and time again. They have been absolutely magnificent from day one.

"I can't praise the players and the coaching staff around me enough. It's been a real team effort involving the directors and our magnificent supporters and hopefully we can continue the success next season.

"We're going to celebrate and enjoy the moment because you have to make the most of the good times in football."

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