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AFC Bournemouth: Camp keen on goal-line technology
CHERRIES goalkeeper Lee Camp has given his backing to goal-line technology being used in the Football League.
Camp was speaking after Cherries had suffered a controversial 1-0 defeat at the hands of Championship leaders Leicester on Saturday.
Cherries were convinced veteran striker Kevin Phillips’s 81st-minute winner, a header, had not crossed the line.
Despite their protestations, referee Darren Drysdale awarded the goal after his assistant Richard Hulme had flagged to indicate it had.
Several Cherries players remonstrated with the officials with Camp receiving a booking.
Goal-line technology was introduced into the Premier League at the start of this season and was used when Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko scored their 100th goal of the campaign a fortnight ago.
Fielding a question put by the Daily Echo, Camp said: “If they could bring it in and it was effective then I would be all for it because goals change games.
“I am a bit of a traditionalist and these things do tend to even themselves out. We don’t want the game to be too robotic but it would have been nice if it had been in today because at least we would have known one way or the other.
“I know there are financial aspects to consider and it is not for me to decide but it would be nice, if it could be decisive.”
Discussing the decision, Camp added: “It was very close and my gut reaction was that it wasn’t over. I have seen it again on the video and it is unclear.
“The most important person thought it was and it was a brave decision. If he believed it was a goal then fair play to him. He must have been sure and Kevin Phillips seemed to think it was in as well.
“I thought I had slowed it down enough and Elliott Ward had got round to clear it. But momentum and luck are with them and that is why they are where they are.
“We can make excuses but he had a free header at the back post and it was a disappointing goal to concede from our point of view.”
Victory for Leicester took them 10 points clear at the summit as they extended to nine matches their club record winning run in the league.
Foxes manager Nigel Pearson said: “It was a tight game and it was a shame it was decided by a potentially controversial decision. But I thought we were well worth our win.
“Our players were convinced it was a goal and Kev wheeled away and everyone chased him. I can understand there was some frustration surrounding it from their perspective.”
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