AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe understandably believes that the Cherries are on the wrong end of some controversial decisions at the moment.
Ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park, the Cherries had Adam Smith suspended, following his fifth booking of the season.
That came after a booking for a dive which the referee had later accepted was the wrong decision.
Then during the draw with Crystal Palace, referee Kevin Friend awarded the home side with two controversial penalties.
Some dubious gamesmanship from Wilfried Zaha saw him win both spot kicks, Zaha had beaten Ake and was one on one with Asmir Begovic, but with his touch running out of play, Zaha fell down to the ground to initiate the contact with Begovic. Despite it looking awkward Kevin Friend pointed to the spot and booked Begovic.
The second happened in stoppage time whenZaha won his side another penalty despite Charlie Daniels winning the ball, but Begovic saved.
Howe told afcb.co.uk…
‘I haven`t seen them again, I`m only basing what I say on speaking to the players.
‘The first one after talking to them, it`s not clear cut, whereas the second one, the players feel it wasn`t a penalty and Charlie got the ball.
‘Of course that really hurts, as we can lose the game with the second one, but for a fantastic save by Asmir.
‘If you look at last week`s one that wasn`t given for us and the two today, we`re on the wrong end of some decisions at the moment.
Having been the victims of Niasse`s dive recently – it`ll be interesting to see what the simulation panel make of Zaha`s tumble today that led to Palace`s pen. It was a dive for me.
? Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) December 9, 2017
Zaha to get retrospective ban for dive?
‘For me it’s not a penalty. Zaha is running and the referee is looking from behind, the Bournemouth goalkeeper doesn’t make any contact and it shouldn’t be a penalty.
He’s gone over seeking to gain an advantage, they have to look at that because that’s a suspension.’
Not my words, instead those of Martin Keown on the BBC live text commentary. – Join the conversation here.
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