AFC Bournemouth secured their first away win of the season after defeating Stoke City 1-0 at the Bet 365 Stadium, but the score line could have been more flattering for the visitors as Eddie Howe believed that referee Roger East made two poor decisions.
‘Stonewall’ penalty not given
The Cherries made a very bright start to the game and were aggrieved that they were not in front after 13 minutes when Callum Wilson went through on goal only to be taken out by Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross. The English centre back appeared to get nowhere near the ball and much to Wilson and Howe’s disbelief referee East gave nothing.
“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”, Howe said. Wilson also had a few words to say on the decision on Twitter: “Great performance today from everyone, clearest penalty you’ll ever see! But we take the 3 points and keep climbing!!”
A sense of justice served after Stoke miss penalty
Nathan Ake deservedly put the visitors in front after 26 minutes with a header, his first Premier League goal for the club, but at the other end East made the controversial decision to award the home side a penalty. The penalty was awarded for Cherries skipper Simon Francis’ touch on Bojan on the edge of the area. The contact appeared to be minimal and Howe felt the referee made another wrong call, “I’m a big fan of Roger East. I think he’s one of the best referees around but he got two big calls wrong today”.
Bojan stepped up and hit the crossbar with his effort and the Cherries went on to close out the game 1-0 much to the managers relief. “Those two calls from the ref were game changers,” added Howe. “It could have been the difference of two goals for us.”
AFC Bournemouth have moved into the top half of the table with that win and will travel to London to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium next Sunday.