Bournemouth's Steve Cook hits back at Alan Shearer's holiday sneer

AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook was less than impressed with Alan Shearer's comments aired on Match of the Day 2.

Defender Steve Cook has hit back at comments by made by Alan Shearer, after the Newcastle United legend claimed the AFC Bournemouth players were already thinking of their summer holidays.

Newly promoted to the English top-flight, the Cherries have enjoyed their debut year battling with the Premier League elite and currently sit 11 points clear of the relegation zone with six matches yet to play.

Following a 3-0 defeat at the hands of title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur last time out, former England international Shearer commented on BBC’s Match of the Day 2 that the south-coast outfit had lost focus.

"I'm reluctant to criticise Bournemouth," the division's record scorer said.

"They've done their job this season, they're safe in the Premier League. But they were on holiday today, their season was over today."

In response to the defeat to Spurs, the club travelled to Dubai to partake in a mid-season training camp.

However, the time away seemingly had little effect on the players as they were convincingly beaten by City’s prolific attack, falling to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of heavyweights Manchester City at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Three goals in 12 first-half minutes from Fernando, Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero saw Eddie Howe’s men surrender their grip on the contest but Cook retorted Shearer’s jibe.

"I didn’t see the programme but we heard about it," he was quoted saying by the Daily Echo.

"I wish he (Shearer) had come to Dubai to watch us train because it was intense and the standard was very high.

"I know it might not have shown against City but we worked very hard while we were out there. We didn’t perform on the day but that wasn’t because we were relaxed, it was because we were outplayed by a better team."

He added: "We were angry at the way we lost the game. Conceding three goals in the first 19 minutes is embarrassing whoever you play."

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