O'Kelly: Cherries star O'Kane should be rewarded for fair play

Bournemouth Echo: PENALTY GAFFE: Eunan O'Kane (right) in action on Saturday PENALTY GAFFE: Eunan O'Kane (right) in action on Saturday

RICHARD O’Kelly believes Eunan O’Kane should be short-listed for the FIFA fair play award following his penalty gaffe during Cherries’ defeat at Walsall on Saturday.

Walsall’s assistant boss, who was Sean O’Driscoll’s number two at Dean Court between 2004 and 2006, praised O’Kane for his honesty and sportsmanship during the bizarre incident.

The midfielder conceded a late spot-kick when he inadvertently picked up the ball after thinking referee Andy Davies had blown for a foul by Steve Cook on Saddlers’ Will Grigg.

Although O’Kane declined to comment when asked by the Daily Echo, he later took to social network site Twitter to post the following explanation: “I can only apologise for what happened today! Thought I had heard a whistle so was trying to get the ball back to them to speed the game up!”

Cherries striker Steve Fletcher said he anticipated footage of the rare occurrence would end up featuring on the What Happened Next? round of the BBC’s A Question of Sport.

O’Kelly told the Daily Echo: “I thought the referee confused people with some of his decisions all through the game and he confused Eunan O’Kane the most. The referee and linesman both had a great position and it should have been a free-kick. Will Grigg was brought down by Cook.

“You could say Eunan should have reacted in a different way but, in my opinion, he could win the fair play award for what he did.

“I thought the referee had a get-out and could have given the free-kick after looking like he had tried to play the advantage. He didn’t, he applied the letter of the law and, unfortunately, he gave us a penalty.”

Grigg despatched the 79th-minute spot-kick, his second penalty of the game, to seal Walsall’s 3-1 victory and bring to end Cherries’ 15-match unbeaten run in League One.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: “I think everybody in the stadium saw it as a free-kick except the three officials. Eunan thought he heard a whistle and it was as blatant a free-kick as you could get.

“You can’t really attach any blame to Eunan. He picked up the ball almost in good faith. It is something he will learn from and I don’t think he will ever do it again.”

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7:30am Mon 21 Jan 13

oxoncherry2 says...

We had already lost the game when it happened.
We had already lost the game when it happened. oxoncherry2
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7:35am Mon 21 Jan 13

Frankiesbackfromhollywood says...

We were still in the game when it happened, it was the goal that killed off the possible come back. Hope the young lad has learned a valuable lesson about ref's, bizarre to say the very least!! O Kane has been outstanding for us in recent weeks, just forget this once in a lifetime mistake, you thought a ref saw a foul, won't make that mistake again!!
We were still in the game when it happened, it was the goal that killed off the possible come back. Hope the young lad has learned a valuable lesson about ref's, bizarre to say the very least!! O Kane has been outstanding for us in recent weeks, just forget this once in a lifetime mistake, you thought a ref saw a foul, won't make that mistake again!! Frankiesbackfromhollywood
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8:31am Mon 21 Jan 13

let football be the winner says...

Trouble is if he did hear a whistle and carried on playing and kicked the ball into the crowd, he would of been booked for kicking the ball away a no way win situation
Trouble is if he did hear a whistle and carried on playing and kicked the ball into the crowd, he would of been booked for kicking the ball away a no way win situation let football be the winner
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9:26am Mon 21 Jan 13

sea poole says...

Where does the ref live...? Rivalry?
Where does the ref live...? Rivalry? sea poole
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9:54am Mon 21 Jan 13

canfordcherry says...

I would expect this when I ref games for u11-12's, not a L1 pro. Time to concentrate on the next game, athough maybe he should play sweeper with his hands strapped to his sides in training today.
I would expect this when I ref games for u11-12's, not a L1 pro. Time to concentrate on the next game, athough maybe he should play sweeper with his hands strapped to his sides in training today. canfordcherry
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9:58am Mon 21 Jan 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Latest from Hartlepool site:
Snow has all now gone from the Victoria Park playing surface ahead of Tuesday night's League One game against Bournemouth.

The pitch is wet but playable and high winds are helping with the drying process at the moment.

The Club are staying in constant contact with the Football League, as well as Bournemouth who are flying to the north-east on Tuesday morning.
Latest from Hartlepool site: Snow has all now gone from the Victoria Park playing surface ahead of Tuesday night's League One game against Bournemouth. The pitch is wet but playable and high winds are helping with the drying process at the moment. The Club are staying in constant contact with the Football League, as well as Bournemouth who are flying to the north-east on Tuesday morning. TedMacsCherryPants
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10:45am Mon 21 Jan 13

jontee says...

I was taken to task for suggesting a few weeks ago that auto-promotion was out of reach. Now the dust has settled tat must now be clear to all. Eddie has done a fantastic job and as previously he has got the team punching above its weight. The play-offs remain possible but even that is a big ask, with many other challenging teams above and below us.
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My hope when Eddie arrived was to consolidate and reach a mid table position. The season effectively started in October with a points deduction, the penalty for giving Groves the job.
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The hopelesly unbalanced squad thrown together by Groves still requires much rationalisation. January is drawing to a close so hopefully there will be some movement to offload the dross and the misfits. Better to buy in the summer when prices are lower.
I was taken to task for suggesting a few weeks ago that auto-promotion was out of reach. Now the dust has settled tat must now be clear to all. Eddie has done a fantastic job and as previously he has got the team punching above its weight. The play-offs remain possible but even that is a big ask, with many other challenging teams above and below us. . My hope when Eddie arrived was to consolidate and reach a mid table position. The season effectively started in October with a points deduction, the penalty for giving Groves the job. . The hopelesly unbalanced squad thrown together by Groves still requires much rationalisation. January is drawing to a close so hopefully there will be some movement to offload the dross and the misfits. Better to buy in the summer when prices are lower. jontee
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10:56am Mon 21 Jan 13

Wilkie says...

What on earth is Richard O'Kelly on about. Fair play award for what? He thought the whistle had gone for a foul by Cookie, so he picked the ball up to speed up the taking of the free kick as we were chasing the game. Nothing abnormal in that, apart from the fact that he misheard the whistle.
What on earth is Richard O'Kelly on about. Fair play award for what? He thought the whistle had gone for a foul by Cookie, so he picked the ball up to speed up the taking of the free kick as we were chasing the game. Nothing abnormal in that, apart from the fact that he misheard the whistle. Wilkie
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11:20am Mon 21 Jan 13

Afcbpete says...

jontee wrote:
I was taken to task for suggesting a few weeks ago that auto-promotion was out of reach. Now the dust has settled tat must now be clear to all. Eddie has done a fantastic job and as previously he has got the team punching above its weight. The play-offs remain possible but even that is a big ask, with many other challenging teams above and below us.
.
My hope when Eddie arrived was to consolidate and reach a mid table position. The season effectively started in October with a points deduction, the penalty for giving Groves the job.
.
The hopelesly unbalanced squad thrown together by Groves still requires much rationalisation. January is drawing to a close so hopefully there will be some movement to offload the dross and the misfits. Better to buy in the summer when prices are lower.
and your not wrong now, or then. But the dream is still alive, although if we remain off the buffers, then not for much longer. We still have a lot of games against top teams and we have to start winning against them to claw points back. It was always going to be a tremendous ask, none of us would of thought otherwise and to be honest, if we did only end midtable, so what. Like you, I believe the close season gives Eddie/Jason time to totally sort the squad out. But there's no harm in dreaming and getting behind the team regardless... UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]jontee[/bold] wrote: I was taken to task for suggesting a few weeks ago that auto-promotion was out of reach. Now the dust has settled tat must now be clear to all. Eddie has done a fantastic job and as previously he has got the team punching above its weight. The play-offs remain possible but even that is a big ask, with many other challenging teams above and below us. . My hope when Eddie arrived was to consolidate and reach a mid table position. The season effectively started in October with a points deduction, the penalty for giving Groves the job. . The hopelesly unbalanced squad thrown together by Groves still requires much rationalisation. January is drawing to a close so hopefully there will be some movement to offload the dross and the misfits. Better to buy in the summer when prices are lower.[/p][/quote]and your not wrong now, or then. But the dream is still alive, although if we remain off the buffers, then not for much longer. We still have a lot of games against top teams and we have to start winning against them to claw points back. It was always going to be a tremendous ask, none of us would of thought otherwise and to be honest, if we did only end midtable, so what. Like you, I believe the close season gives Eddie/Jason time to totally sort the squad out. But there's no harm in dreaming and getting behind the team regardless... UTCIAD Afcbpete
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12:17pm Mon 21 Jan 13

sea poole says...

jontee- Who's the 'dross and misfits?'
jontee- Who's the 'dross and misfits?' sea poole
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12:22pm Mon 21 Jan 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Afcbpete wrote:
jontee wrote:
I was taken to task for suggesting a few weeks ago that auto-promotion was out of reach. Now the dust has settled tat must now be clear to all. Eddie has done a fantastic job and as previously he has got the team punching above its weight. The play-offs remain possible but even that is a big ask, with many other challenging teams above and below us.
.
My hope when Eddie arrived was to consolidate and reach a mid table position. The season effectively started in October with a points deduction, the penalty for giving Groves the job.
.
The hopelesly unbalanced squad thrown together by Groves still requires much rationalisation. January is drawing to a close so hopefully there will be some movement to offload the dross and the misfits. Better to buy in the summer when prices are lower.
and your not wrong now, or then. But the dream is still alive, although if we remain off the buffers, then not for much longer. We still have a lot of games against top teams and we have to start winning against them to claw points back. It was always going to be a tremendous ask, none of us would of thought otherwise and to be honest, if we did only end midtable, so what. Like you, I believe the close season gives Eddie/Jason time to totally sort the squad out. But there's no harm in dreaming and getting behind the team regardless... UTCIAD
Good call Pete. One loss in 16 is hardly cause for great concern. Eddie & Jason will pick the boys back up, and hopefully we will embark on another long unbeaten run. Top 2 is still achievable, we have still to play many of the top teams most of them at DC so "KEEP THE FAITH", get behind the boys and lets see where it takes us. Most fans wouldn't have believed we could have been in such a good position now, given the terrible start to the season. We have a great squad and terrific leadership so i for one will not be giving up hope with 57 points still to play for.
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jontee[/bold] wrote: I was taken to task for suggesting a few weeks ago that auto-promotion was out of reach. Now the dust has settled tat must now be clear to all. Eddie has done a fantastic job and as previously he has got the team punching above its weight. The play-offs remain possible but even that is a big ask, with many other challenging teams above and below us. . My hope when Eddie arrived was to consolidate and reach a mid table position. The season effectively started in October with a points deduction, the penalty for giving Groves the job. . The hopelesly unbalanced squad thrown together by Groves still requires much rationalisation. January is drawing to a close so hopefully there will be some movement to offload the dross and the misfits. Better to buy in the summer when prices are lower.[/p][/quote]and your not wrong now, or then. But the dream is still alive, although if we remain off the buffers, then not for much longer. We still have a lot of games against top teams and we have to start winning against them to claw points back. It was always going to be a tremendous ask, none of us would of thought otherwise and to be honest, if we did only end midtable, so what. Like you, I believe the close season gives Eddie/Jason time to totally sort the squad out. But there's no harm in dreaming and getting behind the team regardless... UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Good call Pete. One loss in 16 is hardly cause for great concern. Eddie & Jason will pick the boys back up, and hopefully we will embark on another long unbeaten run. Top 2 is still achievable, we have still to play many of the top teams most of them at DC so "KEEP THE FAITH", get behind the boys and lets see where it takes us. Most fans wouldn't have believed we could have been in such a good position now, given the terrible start to the season. We have a great squad and terrific leadership so i for one will not be giving up hope with 57 points still to play for. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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12:24pm Mon 21 Jan 13

bobsworthforever says...

oxoncherry2 wrote:
We had already lost the game when it happened.
Already lost the game 15 minues left Walsall down to 10 men pity Swindon didnt think when they were a goal behind play to the whistle in all cases
[quote][p][bold]oxoncherry2[/bold] wrote: We had already lost the game when it happened.[/p][/quote]Already lost the game 15 minues left Walsall down to 10 men pity Swindon didnt think when they were a goal behind play to the whistle in all cases bobsworthforever
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12:51pm Mon 21 Jan 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Dont worry about it Eunan, you will see that us Bournemouth supporters are a very forgiving bunch.!!!!!. Just never, ever, ever, ever do that again you plonker.!!!!!!!!. LOL.
Dont worry about it Eunan, you will see that us Bournemouth supporters are a very forgiving bunch.!!!!!. Just never, ever, ever, ever do that again you plonker.!!!!!!!!. LOL. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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1:52pm Mon 21 Jan 13

lionheart says...

bobsworthforever wrote:
oxoncherry2 wrote:
We had already lost the game when it happened.
Already lost the game 15 minues left Walsall down to 10 men pity Swindon didnt think when they were a goal behind play to the whistle in all cases
Just think of James Hayter's quickfire hat trick as to how quickly goals can be scored.

Small pitch, opposition down to 10 men and Fletch on the pitch it was still game on.
[quote][p][bold]bobsworthforever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oxoncherry2[/bold] wrote: We had already lost the game when it happened.[/p][/quote]Already lost the game 15 minues left Walsall down to 10 men pity Swindon didnt think when they were a goal behind play to the whistle in all cases[/p][/quote]Just think of James Hayter's quickfire hat trick as to how quickly goals can be scored. Small pitch, opposition down to 10 men and Fletch on the pitch it was still game on. lionheart
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5:55pm Mon 21 Jan 13

wookj1 says...

jontee wrote:
I was taken to task for suggesting a few weeks ago that auto-promotion was out of reach. Now the dust has settled tat must now be clear to all. Eddie has done a fantastic job and as previously he has got the team punching above its weight. The play-offs remain possible but even that is a big ask, with many other challenging teams above and below us. . My hope when Eddie arrived was to consolidate and reach a mid table position. The season effectively started in October with a points deduction, the penalty for giving Groves the job. . The hopelesly unbalanced squad thrown together by Groves still requires much rationalisation. January is drawing to a close so hopefully there will be some movement to offload the dross and the misfits. Better to buy in the summer when prices are lower.
Agreed with your original post Jontee, at the time. A huge effort has been put in by the players to get us into the position we now sit in.
Other teams have had a bad spell and are now pushing on again.
It will take a really special effort for us to step on the gas again, and increase our efforts even further during the next three months.
We have the players but do they have the "legs".
The return of Macdonald and Pugh will make a huge difference..
[quote][p][bold]jontee[/bold] wrote: I was taken to task for suggesting a few weeks ago that auto-promotion was out of reach. Now the dust has settled tat must now be clear to all. Eddie has done a fantastic job and as previously he has got the team punching above its weight. The play-offs remain possible but even that is a big ask, with many other challenging teams above and below us. . My hope when Eddie arrived was to consolidate and reach a mid table position. The season effectively started in October with a points deduction, the penalty for giving Groves the job. . The hopelesly unbalanced squad thrown together by Groves still requires much rationalisation. January is drawing to a close so hopefully there will be some movement to offload the dross and the misfits. Better to buy in the summer when prices are lower.[/p][/quote]Agreed with your original post Jontee, at the time. A huge effort has been put in by the players to get us into the position we now sit in. Other teams have had a bad spell and are now pushing on again. It will take a really special effort for us to step on the gas again, and increase our efforts even further during the next three months. We have the players but do they have the "legs". The return of Macdonald and Pugh will make a huge difference.. wookj1
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6:36pm Mon 21 Jan 13

UpTheSaddlers says...

lionheart wrote:
bobsworthforever wrote:
oxoncherry2 wrote:
We had already lost the game when it happened.
Already lost the game 15 minues left Walsall down to 10 men pity Swindon didnt think when they were a goal behind play to the whistle in all cases
Just think of James Hayter's quickfire hat trick as to how quickly goals can be scored.

Small pitch, opposition down to 10 men and Fletch on the pitch it was still game on.
Small Pitch? Just cos we have a complete stadium does not mean the pitch is small. So Glad we did the double on you robbing scum. Makes the car park charge rip off at Bournemouth sooo worth while!
[quote][p][bold]lionheart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobsworthforever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oxoncherry2[/bold] wrote: We had already lost the game when it happened.[/p][/quote]Already lost the game 15 minues left Walsall down to 10 men pity Swindon didnt think when they were a goal behind play to the whistle in all cases[/p][/quote]Just think of James Hayter's quickfire hat trick as to how quickly goals can be scored. Small pitch, opposition down to 10 men and Fletch on the pitch it was still game on.[/p][/quote]Small Pitch? Just cos we have a complete stadium does not mean the pitch is small. So Glad we did the double on you robbing scum. Makes the car park charge rip off at Bournemouth sooo worth while! UpTheSaddlers
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8:14pm Mon 21 Jan 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Robbing scum.????. Tut Tut, surely you have logged into the wrong site. Such insults are normally posted on the southern daily echo (southampton). Nice to see that you can win with grace.!!!!!. Good luck with your relegation fight.
Robbing scum.????. Tut Tut, surely you have logged into the wrong site. Such insults are normally posted on the southern daily echo (southampton). Nice to see that you can win with grace.!!!!!. Good luck with your relegation fight. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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8:30am Tue 22 Jan 13

AFCBade says...

One of those games where most things went wrong. Having said that still fancied us to get a draw when the incident happened.
One of those games where most things went wrong. Having said that still fancied us to get a draw when the incident happened. AFCBade
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9:15am Tue 22 Jan 13

4stands says...

Think Mr O'Kelly might be taking the Micky here??!!
Think Mr O'Kelly might be taking the Micky here??!! 4stands
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