Despondent Bournemouth fans react on Twitter to EFL Cup exit

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

The Cherries were dumped out of the EFL Cup in extra time last night by Championship side Preston.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

Bournemouth fans have been expressing their collective disappointment on social media after their poor start to the season continued with a 3-2 home defeat to Preston North End in the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening. 

A hat-trick from Danish striker Simon Makienok won the game for the visitors, who took the lead at the Vitality Stadium after just 10 minutes when the forward finished well from inside the area. 

Charlton's Simon MakienokSimon Makienok - pictured here with Charlton - scored a hat-trick for Preston

Lewis Grabban equalised from the spot for Bournemouth early in the second half, and when Dan Gosling gave the Premier League side the lead with just 14 minutes left to play it looked as if the hosts may have done enough despite a poor performance.

Preston had other ideas, however, and found the leveller on 85 minutes through Makienok's header. The 25-year-old then poked home in the second period of extra time to send Simon Grayson's side into the fourth round and leave Bournemouth frustrated.

Bournemouth's Tyrone MingsBournemouth's Tyrone Mings was back in the side after a year out

Eddie Howe had made 11 changes from the side that were heavily defeated at Manchester City on Saturday - including a long-awaited return to the starting XI for Tyrone Mings after a year on the sidelines - but the fringe players failed to impress.

Fans on Twitter were also unhappy about a ticketing fiasco, with reports of large crowds still outside the stadium trying to get in when the game was well underway. 

The match itself did little to improve the mood amongst the Cherries faithful, who were quick to express their frustrations in the aftermath of their exit from the competition.

The Bournemouth manager was also far from impressed at what he had witnessed from his side.

Everton manager Ronald KoemanBournemouth host Ronald Koeman's Everton this weekend

Having issued his apology to the fans through the club website, Howe will no doubt be laying down the law to his squad for the remainder of the week as they prepare to host Everton on Saturday.

After a poor night on and off the pitch on Tuesday, Cherries fans will be hoping for a vast improvement when Ronald Koeman's in-form Toffees come to town.

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