AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe thought his sides performance against West Ham United on Boxing Day was much more like ‘ourselves’.
In a dramatic game which both sides had led, the game ended in controversial circumstances with the scoreline at 3-3.
James Collins had given the visitors the lead when he lost marker Simon Francis to head home at the near post.
AFC Bournemouth however got back on level terms through Dan Gosling and then took the lead through Nathan Ake.
But West Ham were firstly let back into the game via a Asmir Begovic blunder. The goalkeepers’ costly slip gifted Marko Arnautovic the equaliser.
Marko Arnautovic then put West Ham 3-2 with 3 minutes to go, with Begovic once again thinking he should have done better.
The Cherries looked like they would leave a wet Dean Court with nothing, despite dominating possession and raining down 26 attempts on Adrian’s goal.
But in stoppage time, Lewis Cook drifted a ball in that was met by Nathan Ake with a header. Striker Callum Wilson attempted to get on the end of it at the back post. In real time it wasn’t clear whether he was onside or whether he touched the ball at all.
The officials weren’t clear either and took their time to discuss the decision before opting to give the goal.
Super slow motion replays suggest that Wilson could well have been offside, with the ball additionally also taking a slight touch from Wilson’s arm.
Howe told Sky Sports…
‘I don’t know where to start. A total mixture of emotions and I felt like the game was ours at 2-1, we had so many chances to make it three and put it to bed but we didn’t take them,’
‘Then we find ourselves 3-2 down and the lads did really well to get a point in the end. I’m very pleased with how we played today, we were much more like ourselves with a lot of goal-mouth action and a lot of shots. I think we could have scored five or six today…
Speaking to afcb.co.uk…
‘I didn’t think it would be given with the length of conversation between the officials. It looks like we might have got away with one there.
‘It is tight, but once the conversation started I didn’t think given. I know it will be difficult to take for West Ham but we deserved it.
Well That Was Worth Getting Back For
Been in London for Christmas, got back to Christchurch at 2.27, after being on the M25 car park for what seemed miles and ages. Swapped cars and wife dropped me at the ground 10 minutes before kick-off.
What a game to watch, slippery surface causing problems but especially when Begovic slipped and lost the ball and the Hammers made it 2-2,.
Thought up to that moment our luck had finally changed, maybe with our late goal and was it or wasn’t it a goal? Well after the ref disallowing it for offside, he then went to the lino and bobs your uncle it was 3-3 and we took a point.
Think we should have won that game after two easy misses in the first half.
But we left DC after seeing another 3-3 thriller. – Join the conversation here.
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