BOSS Jonathan Woodgate insisted referee Graham Scott was correct to show Norwich City defender Dimitris Giannoulis’s a red card during Cherries’ 3-1 victory at Carrow Road.

The Dorset club had barely had a kick before the contest’s big turning point in Norfolk, which left the Canaries down to 10 men.

With the hosts having led through Emi Buendia’s sublime fifth-minute finish, Cherries were given a man advantage after Greek full-back Giannoulis’s tackle on Ben Pearson saw him dismissed on 17 minutes.

And second-half goals from Sam Surridge, Arnaut Danjuma and Lloyd Kelly earned the visitors three points against the league leaders in their push for promotion.

The Norwich bench were extremely vocal in their opinion of the decision, with manager Daniel Farke bellowing out to referee Scott: “You have ruined the game.”

Asked about the dismissal of Giannoulis, Woodgate told the Daily Echo: “They can’t have seen it back.

“It was high on Ben and it was a red card.

“You can’t get away with tackles like that. I don’t think there was a lot of malice to it, I just think it was a little bit late.”

Describing the contest as a whole, the Cherries head coach added: “They started off like a house on fire, to be fair.

“They started really good. You could see they had a spring in their step and were really confident.

“We made a little adjustment to the shape – it was slightly better. Then the tackle happened and it was a red card.

“Then we got the goal which got disallowed (through Dominic Solanke) and you’re thinking ‘oh God’. We came in at half-time, made a change and then we played a lot better.”

Norwich had already seen their promotion to the top-flight confirmed earlier in the day, with Swansea and Brentford only managing to draw.

Speaking post-match, Canaries boss Farke said: “We had completed our preparations and were in a hotel watching the results come through.

“When it was confirmed that Swansea, Brentford and Watford had all dropped points it was a bit of a shock – and everyone was buzzing.

“It was a great feeling for all of us – it is a huge achievement for a club to be promoted twice in three seasons, going straight back to the Premier League at the first attempt, which doesn’t happen very often.

“To do it in such style is also very pleasing – the lads deserve enormous credit for the way they have played this season.

“Their consistency has been outstanding. It hasn’t been easy, playing in empty stadiums, over a short season, with no real break before, but they have overcome everything and now we want to round it off by winning the title.

“Even on Saturday, the lads showed why I am so proud of them.

“Despite the mood of celebration before the game they started superbly and scored a wonderful team goal after just five minutes.

“Then we were hit by the red card but they still did themselves proud.”