EDDIE Howe has applauded the Premier League for confirming Christian Benteke’s goal against Cherries should not have stood – and believes it could open the door for video replays in the future.

Boss Howe was angry the Belgian’s effort for Liverpool at Anfield on Monday – the only goal of the game – had not been chalked off under new rules regarding offside.

It was the second of two debatable decisions by referee Craig Pawson which conspired to condemn Cherries to a second successive defeat in their maiden top-flight campaign.

Benteke’s close-range finish was allowed to stand despite team-mate Philippe Coutinho clearly being in an offside position, even though he did not touch the ball.

And although Coutinho would not have been interfering with play had the match been played last season, a well-publicised rule change in the summer said players now need not touch the ball to be offside.

The decision was widely criticised at the time with Howe describing it as “the clearest case” of the new interpretation. He said it had been a “huge worry” that it had not been seen, adding he had been “baffled”.

As a result, the Premier League this week wrote to all clubs to clarify the new interpretation of the law and, in conjunction with referees' body PGMOL, accepted an error had been made.

A statement on the Premier League website said it does "not generally comment on decisions made by match officials but the expected outcome of Monday's incident should have been an offside decision against Coutinho".

Cherries boss Howe, who had been awaiting a response having contacted referees’ chief Mike Riley, told the Daily Echo tonight: “I am pleased they reviewed it and congratulate them on admitting the decision was wrong.

“As I said at the time, I didn’t have the best view at ground level but I just knew there was something not quite right about the goal and so it proved when I saw it again. There is so much at stake in every game and these things can sometimes define seasons.

“It took an instant for the footballing world to realise this decision was incorrect so perhaps video technology can be the way forward but this would be a huge change to the game we know and love.

"With the money now at stake at the top level, it is something I am sure will be revisited time and again.”