CHERRIES star Chris Mepham admitted he had been “caught in two minds” when he inadvertently handled in the penalty area.

The centre-half, making his full Premier League debut, headed the ball on to his arm during the first half of Cherries’ 1-1 draw with Wolves at Vitality Stadium.

However, referee Roger East ignored vociferous protests from the Wolves camp and awarded only a corner.

Mepham said: “I thought there had been a foul just before so I was caught in two minds. I didn’t know if the ref had blown up or not.

“I haven’t seen it back but, hopefully, the ref made the right decision.”

Wolves got their equaliser seven minutes from time when Raul Jimenez converted from the spot after Adam Smith had been penalised for a foul on Matt Doherty.

But Mepham felt his fellow defender had been harshly dealt with.

The Welsh international said: “I was close and didn’t feel it was a penalty. I felt the lad scuffed his shot and was already going to ground.

“Adam was trying to block the shot and they collided but it was well after the shot had been taken so we were a bit unlucky with that.

“I was just disappointed we couldn’t get the win.”