Date: 22nd February 2020 at 6:53pm
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told Sky Sports

“It’s really tough day of football for us. We were excellent in the first half and deserved to be in front. The VAR incidents have both gone against us and it was like a three-goal swing went against us, which was really tough for the players to deal with psychologically.

“It’s clear the first one hits Phil’s [Billing] shoulder, so that should count, and without that first goal getting ruled out, I don’t think VAR would have got involved with the second either. Adam [Smith] has told me it hit his shoulder, I have to believe what he tells me, so the penalty shouldn’t have been given and it should have been 1-1 with the momentum with his having scored.”

Written by Audenshaw Cherry

At this moment in time, I actually HATE the Premier League.

What I have seen today has almost destroyed my enjoyment of football.

Two appalling VAR decisions today may cost our club its Premier League status, not on its own perhaps, but if we were to finish a couple of points inside the relegation zone I would look back at this match.

I am so angry, I could rant for hours.

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Rodmorg wrote…

Both goals should have been allowed; the ball hit the shoulder of Billing and Mike Dean waved off Adam Smith’s handball. If the goal by Harry Wilson had not been scored, there would not have been a penalty. Simple as.

Both events blew away the players’ confidence, especially when Burnley scored their penalty. The performance that we had in the first half was brilliant, although Simon Francis may have been a bit lucky.

We played well despite missing Nathan Ake and Jefferson Lerma (and even David Brooks) and credit to Eddie Howe for sticking with 4-3-3 and Andrew Surman as a holding midfielder. We were just astronomically unlucky today.

For the meantime, I’m staying positive that we can stay up, but VAR has ruined football.

table added…

It’s hard to put into words just how gutted I am by those decisions ( try reading the f word between each word)

Early hours of Thursday morning the Good Lady is ill. After consulting the doctor, medication issued, I manage to convince her she’ll be alright to travel come Saturday. Thursday and Friday totally given over to getting prepared for a 3-30am alarm Saturday morning.
Up, on the magic minibus on time. I should mention here she’s been to Burnley 3 times already and it’s probably her least favourite match day experience. Add to that her dislike of Sean Dyche and Burnley’s approach to football, she only went because of her love of A.F..C.B.

All that ruined by var. Ironic, just as Mike Dean has become a decent ref, he gets a video assistant that ruins the match.

Overall, we weren’t that bad until we equalised and went 2-0 down, in the same move. For me, the match ended there as a contest and some of the love of the game
that makes you make stupid decisions died. What’s the point of a 600-mile round trip if you can’t vent your feelings at someone because they’re in a shed miles away : (
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