STEVE Cook is adamant Premier League referees need video assistance and has urged the authorities to make sure VAR is "up to scratch".

Cherries felt aggrieved by more than one of Mike Dean's decisions during yesterday's 4-1 defeat to high-fliers Tottenham at Vitality Stadium.

First, Son Heung-min's 62nd-minute effort was allowed to stand despite the South Korean having been marginally offside from Dele Alli's cross.

Then, minutes from time and with the hosts trailing 2-1, Dean ruled out a Callum Wilson effort for a push on Davinson Sanchez, despite minimal contact.

Cherries have had further reason to feel hard done by in recent weeks. During the 1-1 draw at Leicester City, Charlie Daniels was pushed over by Wilfred Ndidi but no penalty was given.

And Ryan Fraser's spot-kick pleas went unheeded after he was jumped into by Jamaal Lascelles in the 2-2 home draw against Newcastle United.

VAR has been trialled in some English cup games this season and is set to be used at this summer's World Cup. But it has yet to make its Premier League debut.

Cook said: "You do feel if we get the technology in the Premier League, it will maybe eradicate the decisions. We've been on the wrong side of a few bad decisions over the past few weeks and it does cost you points.

"I think the officials need that help because they have the hardest job in football. It's extremely difficult for them because the game is played at such a quick pace.

"You don't want to lose the game. It is exciting and full of controversy. That's the game I used to enjoy watching very much but when you are playing and are on the wrong side of decisions, it's hard.

"I think we have to find the right balance. VAR hasn't covered itself in glory over the past couple of months and it's probably only natural because it's new.

"But if they can get it up to scratch, I think it's something the game needs. As long as it doesn't ruin the game for fans, it's something I'm open to.

"VAR has been approved for the World Cup and if it's being used in arguably the biggest competition in the world then I'm sure it will be coming to the biggest league in the world."

Cook's outing against Spurs meant he became the first Cherries player to reach a century of Premier League appearances. But the 26-year-old admitted he would not enjoy the milestone just yet.

He said: "I think I will reflect on that in the summer when we've got over the line and finished where we want to be.

"At the moment it's right at the back of my mind, although it was a nice bonus.

"I really want to get a lot more appearances so, hopefully, we can get more points and that will allow other players to make more Premier League appearances as well."