AFC Bournemouth defender Chris Mepham says they weren’t good enough and lacked fight in Saturday’s Premier League defeat to Leicester City.

As reported by the Bournemouth Echo, Bournemouth went down 2-0 at the King Power Stadium thanks to goals from Wes Morgan and Jamie Vardy.

Mepham started alongside Nathan Ake at centre-back as manager Eddie Howe continued with the 4-4-2 formation.

It was the 21-year-old’s seventh Premier League appearance since his £12m January move from Championship outfit Brentford, with five of those coming from the start.

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The result means the Cherries have now won just one of their last eight league matches, away at Huddersfield Town last month, meaning they sit 12th in the table with 38 points to their name.

Their form will be somewhat of a concern to Howe, and Mepham admitted they were ‘second best in most areas’ on Saturday.

The Welshman said:

We wanted to come to Leicester with confidence and get the win. It wasn’t to be and it was disappointing we didn’t really put up much of a fight. There wasn’t really any battling going on and it was a tough one to take. We were second best all over the pitch in most aspects. We didn’t really get our press right, on the ball we weren’t good enough, weren’t brave enough and didn’t take enough risks. Ultimately, we didn’t create loads. We created more in the first half than the second half and that’s frustrating.

Relegation-threatened Burnley visit Vitality Stadium on Saturday before a trip to Brighton and Hove Albion a week later.

Will Bournemouth return to winning ways this weekend?