Steve Cook revealed Bournemouth fancied their chances against Albion at set-pieces.

The defender from Hastings nodded home a corner as the Seagulls’ woes defending dead-ball situations continued.

Bournemouth’s scrambled second goal also came from a corner, albeit more indirectly.

Cook is the second top-scoring centre-back in the Premier League over the past three years, behind Scott Dann.

He was not totally surprised to notch at the Amex.

Asked whether Bournemouth felt they could target Albion at set-plays, Cook replied: “Yes, we did actually.

“They have got a lot of height in their team and are very good at attacking the ball.

“But we had a presentation before the game and they have conceded a few. When you get good delivery in the box it’s anyone’s game if you attack it.”

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Steve Cook sees his header from a corner cleared by the partly hidden Markus Suttner - but he scored from the next one

Asked what weaknesses Bournemouth had spotted, Cook did not give too much away as he replied: “It is one of the toughest things in the game defensively, especially when the delivery is so good.

“When you get the run on someone, you have always got the advantage.

“We have been there and conceded a lot of goals from set-plays as well and I think it goes through the league.

“I don’t think it is any criticism of them, it is just a tough aspect of the game.”

Cook made his league debut for Albion against Southampton six years ago.

He scored in the very first game at the Amex, also in front of the North Stand, when Albion’s development squad beat Eastbourne Borough in the Sussex Senior Cup final back in 2011.

And his long throw, given an airing late on yesterday in the quest for a winner, was first unleashed by Micky Adams for the Seagulls against Manchester City in a famous League Cup success.

Given that history, he opted to keep the celebrations low key after his goal.

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Cook's header gently finds the net

But he revealed he wished he had been more expressive as the game wore in.

He said: “I felt I was going to score and I wish I had celebrated now.

“I came through the ranks here and I didn’t play many games but I leant my trade here.

“I enjoyed my time and really like the club but, looking back, I wish I had celebrated.

“I took a little bit of stick later in the game when I nudged their player off the pitch.

“After that I was thinking, ‘I wish I’d gone overboard and had a good celebration’ but it’s all a part of the game. Hopefully both clubs stay in the Premier League.”

Albion have led three times against Bournemouth this season but ended up with just the one point.

Cook said the Cherries were happy enough to go home with a draw.

He added: “I think every point is precious, especially away from home.

“We fell behind twice, poor goals very early in each half, so to get a point here is probably a point gained.”