Frustrated Bournemouth cry foul
Bournemouth 0 Leicester City 0
BOURNEMOUTH were denied a clear penalty as they wasted numerous chances to secure a convincing victory in a goaless draw at home to Leicester. Danny Simpson’s clear handball sent Marc Pugh’s early goal-bound shot wide and went unpunished, but even amid that sense of injustice, the hosts were so dominant and their visitors so poor that that should have had little influence on the outcome.
Instead Bournemouth will reflect on the costly way they dropped two points and Leicester leave relieved at avoiding defeat. The hosts began with a belief and intensity that should have been rewarded with a goal. In the third minute Josh King played Jermain Defoe through on goal, but the veteran striker struck the underside of the crossbar.
When the rebound fell to Pugh, he had a near-open goal, but when his shot was blocked by Simpson’s outstretched hand his appeals for a penalty were ignored by referee Graham Scott.
Regardless of their misfortune, Bournemouth consistently continued to threaten. A well-timed through-ball from Junior Stanislas sent Defoe oneon-one until the chasing Wes Morgan impressively recovered and forced him to lay off to Pugh. The midfielder was again in shooting range, but his effort sailed harmlessly wide.
Pugh had another chance approaching half-time when King ran down the right and, after Morgan unconvincingly attempted to clear the forward’s ball to Defoe, Pugh took possession and shot over.
With the first half finishing goalless there was already a suspicion the hosts had wasted their finest chance, but the second proved similarly one-sided.
Beyond Marc Albrighton’s classy cross from deep on the right wing falling to Shinji Okazaki via Simon Francis’s poor clearance and the Japanese forward shooting wide despite being well-placed, Leicester offered little response.
Pugh again shot over the crossbar from 25 yards, and Andrew Surman curled wide of the right post.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe replaced Defoe with Benik Afobe in his pursuit of a much-deserved goal, but it was not to prove forthcoming. Howe;s summer transfer target Demarai Gray found space on the edge of the area to routinely test Asmir Begovic.