AFC Bournemouth defender Adam Smith: They were trying to get me sent off

Bournemouth Echo: CHERRIES DEFENDER: Adam Smith CHERRIES DEFENDER: Adam Smith

MIFFED Cherries defender Adam Smith accused some Millwall players of “trying to get me sent off” during his unhappy return to the Den.

Smith saw his second full debut for the club brought to a premature end when he was substituted during the interval of Cherries’ 1-0 defeat on Saturday.

The 23-year-old, who spent time on loan with the Lions last season, had been treading a disciplinary tightrope having picked up a booking on the stroke of half-time.

Smith was cautioned by referee Michael Naylor for charging into Millwall skipper Alan Dunne just minutes after he himself had been poleaxed by Nicky Bailey, who also received a yellow card.

As tempers flared, both on and off the pitch, the flurry of activity prompted a heated exchange between Cherries management duo Howe and Jason Tindall, and Lions boss Ian Holloway.

Smith, who had also been sub-bed when he helped Derby claim a 5-1 win at the Den in September, felt he had been targeted by some Millwall players.

He told the Daily Echo: “The manager took me off because they were trying to get me sent off and the crowd were on my back. Although I was disappointed, it was probably a sensible idea.

“I have been working hard to try to get in the team and was frustrated I couldn’t complete the 90 minutes. But it was probably the most sensible thing to do for my safety as well.

“I played here at the start of the season for Derby and it was the same then. Obviously, they don’t forget and I had to come off then as well. It is what players have to deal with and I thought I dealt with it okay.”

Smith, who had been restricted to four substitute appearances for Cherries since his move from Tottenham in January, started in place of Simon Francis.

Boss Howe said: “I felt for Adam because I had to take him off as he was on a yellow card. With his history with Millwall, it was a really difficult one but I thought he handled it really well.

“I couldn’t see the team going down to 10 men through no fault of Adam’s because I thought the situation was spiralling out of control. I was pleased with his performance.”

Despite losing out to Martyn Woolford’s 29th-minute winner, Cherries finished 10th in the Championship, while Doncaster and Yeovil, both promoted alongside Howe’s team 12 months ago, were relegated.

Meanwhile, Howe confirmed striker Lewis Grabban had missed Cherries’ trip to the Den after a knee injury – which the player had been carrying for a month – had flared up in training.

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8:31am Mon 5 May 14

canfordcherry says...

Would you expect anything else from Millwall, fans and players?
We all know their history but their fans are a real 12th man, who can also turn on their own if they aren't performing well for the club let alone ex-payers.
Passionate and unhinged at the same time.
Was Lewis really that injured?........... I wouldn't blame him for bottling it!
Would you expect anything else from Millwall, fans and players? We all know their history but their fans are a real 12th man, who can also turn on their own if they aren't performing well for the club let alone ex-payers. Passionate and unhinged at the same time. Was Lewis really that injured?........... I wouldn't blame him for bottling it! canfordcherry
  • Score: -4

8:56am Mon 5 May 14

matt68 says...

Horrible place and fans shame they didn"t go down oh well we can stuff them at home again next season!
Horrible place and fans shame they didn"t go down oh well we can stuff them at home again next season! matt68
  • Score: 3

9:56am Mon 5 May 14

elite50 says...

Well, if it can be seen that he reacts badly to pressure and has to be taken off early in the last 2 games that he played at Millwall, it does not auger well for his future does it?
He will be a marked "easy target".
Well, if it can be seen that he reacts badly to pressure and has to be taken off early in the last 2 games that he played at Millwall, it does not auger well for his future does it? He will be a marked "easy target". elite50
  • Score: -13

10:31am Mon 5 May 14

devon fan says...

w knew it would be rough, you just have to laugh it off with Holloway in charge they are just as likely to be down there again next season, and please Eddie if Grabban has a problem sort it out now, we do not want to start next season with him in the treatment room
w knew it would be rough, you just have to laugh it off with Holloway in charge they are just as likely to be down there again next season, and please Eddie if Grabban has a problem sort it out now, we do not want to start next season with him in the treatment room devon fan
  • Score: 2

11:18am Mon 5 May 14

Afcbpete says...

Holloway's behaviour was a disgrace, the referee was weak, and they should of at least had TWO sent off before halftime, and had he stamped his authority on the game instead of allowing Millwall players to stamp all over ours, the out come would probably of been very different. You just felt that our players were wanting to just get shot of the ball before they became maimed, and with it being the last game of the season, why let them!! Pathetic little club, shame we never sent them down, let's do it next season on our way to the play off's at least!! UTCIAD
Holloway's behaviour was a disgrace, the referee was weak, and they should of at least had TWO sent off before halftime, and had he stamped his authority on the game instead of allowing Millwall players to stamp all over ours, the out come would probably of been very different. You just felt that our players were wanting to just get shot of the ball before they became maimed, and with it being the last game of the season, why let them!! Pathetic little club, shame we never sent them down, let's do it next season on our way to the play off's at least!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 5

11:49am Mon 5 May 14

ASM says...

millwall, leeds are dirty footballing teams with scum fans, you can't deny it so why the thumbs down to comments?
They are thugs, I have seen them many times looking for trouble in Bournemouth whenever they are down here.
You can guarantee if there was something riding on that game (like the leeds one when we went down) there would have been serious crowd trouble.
millwall, leeds are dirty footballing teams with scum fans, you can't deny it so why the thumbs down to comments? They are thugs, I have seen them many times looking for trouble in Bournemouth whenever they are down here. You can guarantee if there was something riding on that game (like the leeds one when we went down) there would have been serious crowd trouble. ASM
  • Score: 3

4:53pm Mon 5 May 14

SympatheticSam says...

So Mr God Howe, if you knew all this, why play him and deny Fancis of 100% season. Sounds slightly retarded to me.
So Mr God Howe, if you knew all this, why play him and deny Fancis of 100% season. Sounds slightly retarded to me. SympatheticSam
  • Score: -7

5:45pm Mon 5 May 14

West moors 1 says...

Afcbpete wrote:
Holloway's behaviour was a disgrace, the referee was weak, and they should of at least had TWO sent off before halftime, and had he stamped his authority on the game instead of allowing Millwall players to stamp all over ours, the out come would probably of been very different. You just felt that our players were wanting to just get shot of the ball before they became maimed, and with it being the last game of the season, why let them!! Pathetic little club, shame we never sent them down, let's do it next season on our way to the play off's at least!! UTCIAD
Absolutely right. Holloway and his team let football down. The crowd on your back is one thing but for the manager and his coaches to put the refs under verbal bombardment with every decision was rediculous. You are also right that the ref was clearly out of his depth and I hope the assessor so were there to mark him down and only allow his to be an official for youth football. Adam was being culled at with every challenge and how the idiot didn't send off the player who brought down Frazer is a complete joke. Up the cherries!
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: Holloway's behaviour was a disgrace, the referee was weak, and they should of at least had TWO sent off before halftime, and had he stamped his authority on the game instead of allowing Millwall players to stamp all over ours, the out come would probably of been very different. You just felt that our players were wanting to just get shot of the ball before they became maimed, and with it being the last game of the season, why let them!! Pathetic little club, shame we never sent them down, let's do it next season on our way to the play off's at least!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Absolutely right. Holloway and his team let football down. The crowd on your back is one thing but for the manager and his coaches to put the refs under verbal bombardment with every decision was rediculous. You are also right that the ref was clearly out of his depth and I hope the assessor so were there to mark him down and only allow his to be an official for youth football. Adam was being culled at with every challenge and how the idiot didn't send off the player who brought down Frazer is a complete joke. Up the cherries! West moors 1
  • Score: 2

7:32pm Mon 5 May 14

Cherryfan says...

Seems a bit odd to pick this game for Smith to get a start with his well documented history there?
Seems a bit odd to pick this game for Smith to get a start with his well documented history there? Cherryfan
  • Score: 4

8:08pm Mon 5 May 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

As Adam hasn't had much game time this season it was a shame he was getting the treatment he was. Not been to Millwall before what a sh*thole, coached into a compound and that's all you get to see apart from their spotty oik, little d!ck-head fans flashing w@nker signs at the coaches leaving. More pathetic than scary, t0ssers of the first order and a worse place than L**ds by far!!!
???? I can't believe made that last statement!!!!!
UTMC
As Adam hasn't had much game time this season it was a shame he was getting the treatment he was. Not been to Millwall before what a sh*thole, coached into a compound and that's all you get to see apart from their spotty oik, little d!ck-head fans flashing w@nker signs at the coaches leaving. More pathetic than scary, t0ssers of the first order and a worse place than L**ds by far!!! ???? I can't believe made that last statement!!!!! UTMC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

8:50pm Mon 5 May 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

^
Go on then Mr/Ms -1, explain to me why Millwall is such a great place and their fans such charming creatures then???
^ Go on then Mr/Ms -1, explain to me why Millwall is such a great place and their fans such charming creatures then??? TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 5

5:17pm Thu 8 May 14

galadriel says...

All the more reason to NOT to put yourself in a position to be booked or sent off. Why play into their hands? Nasty club with nasty supporters, I'm sorry they stayed up. Hopefully they'll go down next season and take Leeds with them.
All the more reason to NOT to put yourself in a position to be booked or sent off. Why play into their hands? Nasty club with nasty supporters, I'm sorry they stayed up. Hopefully they'll go down next season and take Leeds with them. galadriel
  • Score: 0

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