Might as well talk about the penalties.
Neither of Bournemouth’s should have been given and both would have been routinely overturned by a video replay.
Moutinho clearly pulls his leg away for the first with King making a conscious decision to throw himself to the ground. Dwight Gayle was given a two-game ban for similar a few weeks ago and the same punishment should be applicable on review.
The second was a foul – the trademark lazy leg from Cav – but simply wasn’t inside the 18 yard box. Justice served in that instance at least.
Call me biased but Wolves were correctly awarded the penalty that was given and incorrectly denied another.
As Eddie Howe said afterwards, you don’t often see them given when a player gets his shot away and is then cleared out by a defender in the follow through. I agree, but it’s a foul all the same on Doherty.
The first half handball is more contentious as nobody seems to know what does and doesn’t constitute an offence. The FA literature is as stated:
Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with the hand or arm.
The following must be considered:
the movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)
the distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)
the position of the hand does not necessarily mean that there is an offence
Chris Mepham made such a dog’s dinner of his attempted headed clearance, it’s hard to know what was and wasn’t deliberate in the movement.
But considering he was under no pressure and practically punched the ball out of play, I would say that has to constitute a spot-kick, even by the muddled criteria listed above.
If it makes the home fans feel any better I wouldn’t have sent off Lerma for his elbow on Moutinho. He seemed to keep his eyes on the ball and make an honest challenge, albeit clumsy. On the ‘
This catalogue of contentious moments framed the entire game, but based on what we saw in-between, I’d say a point is about fair enough.
They certainly posed the more direct threat, particularly in a second half in which they poured forward at will, forced countless blocks and rattled the bar.
Wolves could easily have won it too though and having bossed possession for long periods – and suffered the rough decisions – can rightly feel a share of the spoils was the least they deserved.
There’s needle in this fixture though – so more fun and games to be had next season.