AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall made one change to the side that brushed Barnsley aside 4-0 over the weekend fixtures, Junior Stanislas returned to add his creativity to the midfield with Sam Surridge dropping to the bench.
The Cherries dominated the game without finding the breakthrough, referee Peter Bankes, who has been criticised for his performances whilst referee Swansea City in the past, made the controversial decision to not award the away side a penalty for a clear foul inside the box on David Brooks, who had spent the entire evening being kicked to the ground by the home side.
After the match, Tindall told the Daily Echo…
“I probably think the same as everybody here. At the time I thought it was a stonewall penalty. Having seen it back a couple of times, I still think the same thing.
“I think it was an obvious penalty. Even their bench thought the same when they reviewed back their iPad on the bench they were saying it was a penalty.
“So I think that tells you everything. So really frustrated that that type of decision didn’t go for us…”
On the performance of his side, Tindall told Sky Sports…
“I’m very frustrated, our performance deserved three points. I felt we were in total control for 90 minutes and dominated the game. We created opportunities that we would have taken on another night. I’m pleased with the team’s performance but frustrated with not winning the game.
“I’m not sure the pitch had an impact on the game but it’s not in brilliant condition either. It’s not what you expect at a club like this but it is what it is and you get on with it. We have to dust ourselves down now and get ready for the weekend.”
Man of the match against Swansea
"We controlled the game for 90 minutes."
The gaffer feels there were positives to take from the performance tonight 👇#afcb 🍒
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) December 8, 2020
Team performance tonight against a good side 💪🏾 most important clean sheet to take into the weekend back with the fans 🙌🏾🍒 pic.twitter.com/ePMGbWdPbd
— Lloyd Kelly (@lloydkelly4) December 8, 2020
Top performance tonight, deserved more than a point….but we take the clean sheet and prepare for Saturday! pic.twitter.com/r4lVIh5ovR
— Lewis Cook (@lewiscook_) December 8, 2020
Another game where we should be coming home with 3 points but again decisions didn’t go our way. I’m not sure what the ref saw but it was clear to everyone else in the stadium. Now to dust ourselves down and go again Saturday 🍒 pic.twitter.com/rGspLQEeZj
— Steve Cook (@SteveCook28) December 8, 2020
Written by billythekid
Never thought we looked troubled by Swansea and probably should have beaten them but just couldn’t get the ball on target except once in our 14 shots against Swansea’s 6 and also one on target.
Good to keep the second away clean sheet on the trot in our last two games.
Philip Billing had another good game and our team played well on a very poor standard pitch.
JT in his comments on the BBC website thought when Brooks went down it should have been a penalty.
So, for now, our side are back on top of the Championship table.
Johnny Comelately wrote…
Top marks to the Cooks and Billing, and Rico put in some excellent crosses that no one managed to get on the end of. Thought Swansea played for the draw from the first whistle. Ref was dire. Had 0-0 written all over it by half time. – Join the conversation, click here.