Joshua King: Bournemouth striker hoping to build on first club goal

Joshua King scores his first Bournemouth goal against Swansea
Joshua King netted after just 10 minutes of the game at the Liberty Stadium

Bournemouth striker Joshua King hopes his first goal for the club will pave the way for more in quick succession.

King, 23, a summer signing from Blackburn, scored the opening goal in the 2-2 draw at Swansea on Saturday.

It was the Norway international's first strike in eight Premier League starts and "a fitting reward" for his efforts, according to Cherries boss Eddie Howe.

"Hopefully now I've got my first goal it can lead to more in the weeks ahead," King told BBC Radio Solent.

King praised the work of midfielder Junior Stanislas for teeing up his right-foot finish from close-range.

"He sees me and puts it on a plate for me, "King added. "It's great to get the first goal and build on my confidence, but we're ultimately disappointed not to get the three points after playing so well."

Howe has been pleased with King's recent performances and work rate and was delighted to see the forward get off the mark.

"The goal will be a tremendous boost for him," Howe said. "From my perspective, you want all of your strikers to be scoring goals.

"But, you also need them to contribute to the team and I feel Joshua has been doing that in abundance."

Meanwhile, winger Marc Pugh has agreed a new two-year contract extension at the club.

The 28-year-old's existing deal was set to expire at the end of this season.

"I wanted that security and now I can concentrate on the football," Pugh told the club's website. "It's a great place to be and the club are going in a great direction."

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