Bournemouth were typically tidy in possession but lacked a cutting edge up front as their hopes of returning to the south coast with something to show for their efforts gradually petered out.
However, Cherries boss Howe was able to take something positive from the day - the performance of substitute Ibe.
"I thought he did very well when he came on. Jordon's ability to beat a man and to front people up and be positive, I thought, made us a better team," said Howe.
"So Jordon's performance in the second half, and the way we dominated possession throughout the match, means it's not all bad for us. But we have plenty to work on next week ahead of the next game."
Simon Francis came off 10 minutes from time with an injury and Howe added: "He felt his hamstring and it's not an injury he's had before.
"It's unlike him to pick up injuries, he's been so consistent and we'll have to see how he is."