Frus­trated Bournemouth cry foul

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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.

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