RYAN Christie believes the 1-1 home draw with Nottingham Forest was a “good point” for Cherries, labelling the contest “a bit of a weird game”.

Cherries led inside five minutes, courtesy of Justin Kluivert’s poacher’s effort, after Luis Sinisterra flicked on a Lewis Cook corner.

Forest then battled well, set-pieces becoming the theme of the day.

And the visitors equalised on the stroke of half-time, a free-kick into the box falling for Callum Hudson-Odoi to lash in an equaliser.

With clear chances at a premium, Cherries ended the game with 10 men, Philip Billing sent off for stopping a counter-attack by fouling Hudson-Odoi.

Reflecting on the draw, Christie told the Daily Echo: “It was a bit of a weird game, to be honest.

“There was no real flow to it. It was a bit scrappy.

“You go down to 10 men, I thought the red card was soft, but I’m sure everyone else will have their opinion on that.

“But the way the game ends, happy to see out the point. Because you have to play the best part of 15 minutes down to 10 men against a good team that have made a couple of signings in the window. So it’s a good point, I see it as.”

He added: “Especially in the middle of the park, it just felt like it was bouncing balls, the ball up in the air.

“There wasn’t much flow, which is frustrating, because we want to play our football as much as we can.

“But that’s sometimes how the game goes, especially up against these kinds of teams that make it tough.

“I thought in the most part we did it well. We limited them to very few chances.

“On another day we could’ve been a bit more clinical ourselves. But it’s a good point and we move on to next week now.”

Asked for his thoughts on Billing’s red card, Christie, who had been substituted off for the Dane with a dead leg, said: “I’ve not seen it back. I just thought it is trying to stop (play).

“I might have to see it back. If he goes in and aggressively tackles… but it looked like he just flicks to kick his ankles.

“I don’t think there is an intent to properly hurt or endanger the player. But I don’t know what the rules are anyway these days!"

Referee Rebecca Welch, taking charge of just her second Premier League match, took the ire from supporters and coaches throughout and after the match for various decisions in the game.

Asked if he felt Welch lost control of the game at times, Christie added: “Obviously the feeling of the game, with a lot of fouls and stuff like that added to it.

“The big decisions – the red card, I don’t know whether it was a red card or not.

“It’s not the first time we’ve had a bad refereeing performance this season!

“But it’s probably way above my pay grade to comment.

“It’s frustrating maybe, but I see it as a good point, to be honest.”

Cherries next go to Fulham on Saturday (3pm).