Bournemouth should have been awarded ‘stonewall penalty’ in draw with Southampton, moans boss Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe believes his Bournemouth side should have been awarded a ‘stonewall penalty’ Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at the Vitality Stadium.
The hosts went ahead four minutes before the break as Ryan Fraser collected Andrew Surman’s pass just inside the 18-yard box and slotted the ball under a diving Fraser Forster for a half-time lead.
But Saints’ pressure for an equaliser paid off just after the hour mark as Nathan Redmond’s low cutback found in-form Charlie Austin, who fired home with a crisp finish for a share of the spoils.
MATCH REPORT: Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton
But two penalty appeals, one at each end, had both sides feeling aggrieved.
Sofiane Boufal’s reckless sliding challenge deserved to concede a penalty but it was so mistimed that Adam Smith saw it coming and overplayed the fall, and referee Jon Moss booked the Bournemouth player for diving.
Smith told Sky Sports that referee Jon Moss even apologised to him after the game, and Cherries boss Howe was amazed it wasn’t given, saying after the game: “For me it’s a stonewall penalty.
“I think as anywhere else on the pitch, it’s a free-kick. I think the referee’s probably tried to be a bit clever with it.
“As soon as Adam Smith got his toe to the ball before the defender, I knew that he was in trouble and that Adam was going to go over the leg – because he had nowhere to go. So I’m amazed it wasn’t given.
“I think it’s a really poor decision….it’s really unfair on us.”
Howe was pleased with his side’s performance but thought they could have won it at the end, saying: “It was a very competitive game. Quite even, a lot of chances at both ends. That’s the pleasing thing for us today, we really did work their goalkeeper.
“In general our performance was totally different to Wednesday night (a 2-1 loss to Burnley). I’m very pleased with the players.
“We’re disappointed overall. I think once you take the lead (then) not to win (you will be), but I think you have to acknowledge that Southampton did do very well at times in the second half.
“Ultimately we became strong again and I think we could have nicked it at the end.”