Cherries: Saunders blames Bond, but Howe opinion differs

Bournemouth Echo: BOSSES: Eddie Howe and Dean Saunders at Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday BOSSES: Eddie Howe and Dean Saunders at Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday

EDDIE Howe defended Darren Bond after the referee had come under fire from Dean Saunders following a controversial failed Rovers penalty appeal on Saturday.

Rival managers Howe and Saunders gave differing opinions on the second-half talking point after Cherries had claimed a 1-0 victory at Doncaster.

The hosts launched vocal shouts for a spot kick when David Syers went to ground under a challenge from Charlie Daniels in the closing stages.

But Lancashire official Bond ignored the protests as Harry Arter’s 38th-minute goal helped Cherries extend to seven matches their unbeaten run.

Doncaster boss Saunders told the media: “It was a blatant penalty on David Syers, who was just about to head the ball in the net and the lad pushed him in the back. It was a blatant penalty – I have seen it again.”

Howe said: “My personal opinion was that it wasn’t a penalty but Charlie did raise his hands so I could see why there were shouts for it to be given.

“I thought the referee was strong and did well. The temptation would be to go with the home crowd and give it but my personal opinion was that I didn’t think it was.”

Saunders, meanwhile, said he felt Cherries were “trying to win the league”.

The former Wales striker said: “They have got themselves going, they are on a run and we probably played them at the wrong time.

“I thought they defended really well. They had to defend for most of the game.

“After the first 10 minutes, I thought we controlled the game, without actually making David James scramble across his goal too many times.

“I thought they defended well and kept us at bay. They have got good players and a good manager as well.”

Howe praised Steve Cook after the versatile defender had replaced injured right-back Simon Francis to join Miles Addison, Tommy Elphick and Charlie Daniels in a solid performance from the Cherries defence.

Howe said: “Our defensive record has been questioned because of the amount of goals we have conceded this season.

“But it was a really solid performance and, hopefully, that will go a long way to moving us forward defensively.

“We have been free-scoring and free-flowing and some of the football we have played at times has been excellent.

“But it was probably the first time where we have really had to batten down the hatches, in the second half, and we had to really compete, stop crosses, defend crosses and defend their long throws and set-plays.

“We did all that, we blocked holes and we made it difficult for Doncaster.

“Doncaster are a really experienced side with a lot of players who have been there at a higher level and performed really well against us.

“I thought their experience showed, in terms of them |controlling possession, but we did show a really resilient side and that pleased me more than anything.”

Meanwhile, Howe hinted that he could be forced to draft in extra cover for Francis once he has assessed the extent of his hip problem early this week.

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8:45am Mon 12 Nov 12

djd says...

All sour grapes from Dean Saunders. As for Cherries ' trying to win the league', I always thought that was the idea of each game.
'winning the league' I thought that's what Doncaster was trying to do until last Saturday.
All sour grapes from Dean Saunders. As for Cherries ' trying to win the league', I always thought that was the idea of each game. 'winning the league' I thought that's what Doncaster was trying to do until last Saturday. djd

9:33am Mon 12 Nov 12

bobsworthforever says...

Deano wasnt at the match havent seen the incident but know it wasnt a penalty because the ref didnt give it.About time you accepted refs decision
anyway Eddie was there and he agreed
it wasnt a penalty. Enough said
Deano wasnt at the match havent seen the incident but know it wasnt a penalty because the ref didnt give it.About time you accepted refs decision anyway Eddie was there and he agreed it wasnt a penalty. Enough said bobsworthforever

12:11pm Mon 12 Nov 12

lymicherry says...

djd wrote:
All sour grapes from Dean Saunders. As for Cherries ' trying to win the league', I always thought that was the idea of each game.
'winning the league' I thought that's what Doncaster was trying to do until last Saturday.
Yes, a laughable statement of the obvious from Saunders - much like the unknown author who posted on the AFCB official site over the weekend that Eddie Howe "claims (sic) he wants to keep the unbeaten run going". And there was silly old me thinking he'd be desperately hoping to lose to Oldham on Saturday...
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: All sour grapes from Dean Saunders. As for Cherries ' trying to win the league', I always thought that was the idea of each game. 'winning the league' I thought that's what Doncaster was trying to do until last Saturday.[/p][/quote]Yes, a laughable statement of the obvious from Saunders - much like the unknown author who posted on the AFCB official site over the weekend that Eddie Howe "claims (sic) he wants to keep the unbeaten run going". And there was silly old me thinking he'd be desperately hoping to lose to Oldham on Saturday... lymicherry

12:18pm Mon 12 Nov 12

smhinto says...

Dear Alastair 1967
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Yes you are right in that you will not likely to hear from me until Monday.
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You were also right as I was compiling my report on the York v Wimbledon game last night and earlier this morning.
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It was nice to visit the people at York City F.C. as I used to be employed by them when Alan Little was the manager there. A few of the staff are still there. A little light lunch in the City before hand was a pleasurable experience.
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Yes an excellent performance and result from AFCB yesterday, I am well pleased, although it seems that we were on the back foot for most of the game, but that was only to be expected when playing away to he likes of Doncaster who are a strong outfit.
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I noticed the personal swipe from Mr Nonogepetto who stated that he did not care weather I posted or not. That is not surprising as he very rarely read or indeed fully understood my posts anyway and often took me out of context. I do hope he enjoyed his holiday.

Regards
Dear Alastair 1967 . Yes you are right in that you will not likely to hear from me until Monday. . You were also right as I was compiling my report on the York v Wimbledon game last night and earlier this morning. . It was nice to visit the people at York City F.C. as I used to be employed by them when Alan Little was the manager there. A few of the staff are still there. A little light lunch in the City before hand was a pleasurable experience. . Yes an excellent performance and result from AFCB yesterday, I am well pleased, although it seems that we were on the back foot for most of the game, but that was only to be expected when playing away to he likes of Doncaster who are a strong outfit. . I noticed the personal swipe from Mr Nonogepetto who stated that he did not care weather I posted or not. That is not surprising as he very rarely read or indeed fully understood my posts anyway and often took me out of context. I do hope he enjoyed his holiday. Regards smhinto

12:36pm Mon 12 Nov 12

stevobath says...

smhinto wrote:
Dear Alastair 1967
.
Yes you are right in that you will not likely to hear from me until Monday.
.
You were also right as I was compiling my report on the York v Wimbledon game last night and earlier this morning.
.
It was nice to visit the people at York City F.C. as I used to be employed by them when Alan Little was the manager there. A few of the staff are still there. A little light lunch in the City before hand was a pleasurable experience.
.
Yes an excellent performance and result from AFCB yesterday, I am well pleased, although it seems that we were on the back foot for most of the game, but that was only to be expected when playing away to he likes of Doncaster who are a strong outfit.
.
I noticed the personal swipe from Mr Nonogepetto who stated that he did not care weather I posted or not. That is not surprising as he very rarely read or indeed fully understood my posts anyway and often took me out of context. I do hope he enjoyed his holiday.

Regards
Anymo f you redictions? Basically,predicting oneof two teams playing each otherwould win lose or draw with the oter team!Genius :)
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Dear Alastair 1967 . Yes you are right in that you will not likely to hear from me until Monday. . You were also right as I was compiling my report on the York v Wimbledon game last night and earlier this morning. . It was nice to visit the people at York City F.C. as I used to be employed by them when Alan Little was the manager there. A few of the staff are still there. A little light lunch in the City before hand was a pleasurable experience. . Yes an excellent performance and result from AFCB yesterday, I am well pleased, although it seems that we were on the back foot for most of the game, but that was only to be expected when playing away to he likes of Doncaster who are a strong outfit. . I noticed the personal swipe from Mr Nonogepetto who stated that he did not care weather I posted or not. That is not surprising as he very rarely read or indeed fully understood my posts anyway and often took me out of context. I do hope he enjoyed his holiday. Regards[/p][/quote]Anymo f you redictions? Basically,predicting oneof two teams playing each otherwould win lose or draw with the oter team!Genius :) stevobath

1:14am Tue 13 Nov 12

Aussie Cherry says...

When a team loses, why do mangers always pinpoint one particular event within a game that they believe has cost them a successful result.

The fact is that Doncaster did not produce on the day, mainly because of the Cherries defensive ability and concentration.

Mr Saunders should focus on their overall game play in his post match analysis and not one moment that did not result in a penalty.
When a team loses, why do mangers always pinpoint one particular event within a game that they believe has cost them a successful result. The fact is that Doncaster did not produce on the day, mainly because of the Cherries defensive ability and concentration. Mr Saunders should focus on their overall game play in his post match analysis and not one moment that did not result in a penalty. Aussie Cherry

2:01am Tue 13 Nov 12

jemsaldana says...

In Saunders defence I think he is saying that we are not just aiming for promotion via the play offs we have the team and the confidnce to still win the league following our abyssmal start and he is giving us credit in that we believe we can.

Aussi still up for that beer 8343 2113
In Saunders defence I think he is saying that we are not just aiming for promotion via the play offs we have the team and the confidnce to still win the league following our abyssmal start and he is giving us credit in that we believe we can. Aussi still up for that beer 8343 2113 jemsaldana

4:48pm Wed 14 Nov 12

kangman2012 says...

It's called "the rub of the green" Deano and it all equals itself out come the end of the season. AFCB have had more than their fair share of those sort of decisions in the past that have cost us crucial points so it's about time we had something go our way - UTC!
It's called "the rub of the green" Deano and it all equals itself out come the end of the season. AFCB have had more than their fair share of those sort of decisions in the past that have cost us crucial points so it's about time we had something go our way - UTC! kangman2012

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