Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser 'relieved' to score on Premier League return

Ryan Fraser scores for Bournemouth against Southampton
Ryan Fraser scored as he was handed his first Premier League start for Bournemouth since mid-September

Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser said a goal on his return to Premier League action was like "a mountain off his shoulders" after a spell out of the side.

The Scotland winger was recalled by Eddie Howe for the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday and repaid his manager's faith with a first-half goal.

"It's been a tough, tough time for me being out," Fraser told BBC Sport.

"But, before the game, the manager told me this was my chance so I knew if I had one on goal, I had to take it."

Fraser made his first league start of the season since mid-September and put his side ahead just before half-time with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

"It was such a good feeling," he told BBC Radio Solent. "Instead of being happy, I was more relieved.

"I needed that to get my confidence back and after a couple more games, I think I will be flying again."

The 23-year-old hopes his performance against Southampton will pave the way for more starts in the weeks ahead.

The Cherries face trips to Crystal Palace and Manchester United, a home game against Liverpool and an EFL Cup last-16 tie at Chelsea before Christmas.

"I'm just going to take it as it comes," he added. "I'll be trying to get my goals up as I scored four last season and so far with one in the cup, I've got two this season."

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