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AFC Bournemouth: We should have had a third penalty says Eddie Howe
Referee Graham Salisbury had no hesitation in pointing to the spot after Tokelo Rantie had been fouled by Ally Williams and Frazer Richardson had handled a Lewis Grabban header, with both awards coming inside the opening 12 minutes.
However, the Lancashire-based official was unmoved after Cherries substitute Wes Thomas had been sent sprawling by another Williams tackle midway through the second half, the Boro skipper later sent off for a similar challenge on the striker.
Howe said: “The third one should have been given for a foul on Wes Thomas. My initial reaction was that it was a cast-iron penalty and I just felt, as the away team, we were never going to get three penalties.
“It is a difficult one for the referee. He had given two penalties and, whether it is human instinct, the temptation is that he has to try to even it up. The reality is that he doesn’t and just has to give what he sees. I did feel there was a lot of that when we didn’t get any decisions in the bits and pieces of the game.”
Howe, meanwhile, confirmed winger Ryan Fraser had been replaced on the Cherries bench by Donal McDermott after the Scotsman had complained of a tight hamstring during the warm-up.
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