AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was disappointed in the performance of referee Roger East as his side beat Stoke 1-0.
The Cherries first away win of the season came thanks to Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake, who on his first Premier League start for the club due to Adam Smith’s suspension, headed the only goal of the game from an unmarked position.
Late on Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere came close to doubling the Cherries lead when he hit the post.
The result was all the more impressive following a controversial refereeing performance by Roger East.
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East opted against rewarding the Cherries an early penalty for a clear foul on Callum Wilson, however pointed straight to the spot for a more dubious challenge by Simon Francis on Bojan.
That spot kick hit the crossbar, denying Stoke what some would argue an unjust equaliser.
East then again failed to stamp down on some over zealous tackles by the home side.
Howe told bbc.co.uk…
‘I’m a big fan of Roger East. I think he’s the best referee around but he got two big calls wrong today,’
‘It was definitely a penalty. You are effectively accusing Callum of diving if you don’t award it. Shawcross was lucky to still be on the field.’
sportinglife.com have quoted Howe as adding…
“…I will be speaking to them (the officials) on Monday morning to get clarity on the decisions because I felt the two big decisions in the game he got wrong, in my opinion. The first one for us is a clear penalty and I don’t think the one he gives them is a penalty.
“It’s difficult enough having to come here when officials get all the decisions right, never mind when the two major ones in the game go against you.”
an inept performance by Roger East.
The clear penalty not given to us and instant red card not given for it, no punishment for the attempted beheading of Ake, no punishment for the two footed off air challenge on Francis that could easily have broken his leg, the ridiculous penalty given to Stoke when their player performed a dive out of Swan Lake, 6 minutes of injury time but wanting to allow almost 7, I could go on and on…. – Join the conversation here.
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