Controversy for Callum again
EDDIE HOWE claims his Bournemouth players now believe they can cut it in the Championship after Lewis Grabban’s first-half strike downed FA Cup holders Wigan.
Having beaten Charlton on the opening day of the season, Bournemouth came back down to earth with a bang last week as Watford put six past them at Vicarage Road.
But last season’s League One runner’s up showed they will be no pushover’s this term as Grabban’s effort, following a mistake from James Perch, proved enough to see off Wigan, who had substitute Callum McManaman sent off for a reckless challenge in the second half.
“I hope this gives the players confidence that they are good enough to be in this league, they should believe how good they are,” said a delighted Howe.
“It’s a big scalp for us to beat the FA Cup holders, they are a big side with some very good players and in my opin- ion were unlucky to go down last season.
“Even though they were down to ten men this shouldn’t take away from the fact that this was a great win.”
McManaman’s red – two minutes after coming on as a sub – follows his highly controversial challenge on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara last term which went unpunished and prompted the Football Association to change their rules on retrospective action.
But neither Howe nor his opposite number Owen Coyle saw fit to criticise the youngster.
“The red card was a high challenge but I don’t think it was malicious but simply down to the exuberance of the player,” added Howe.
“Both sides wanted to win and sometimes players can try to hard and that’s what happens. I don’t think it was down to anything which has happened in the past but was judged on the merit of the tackle like every decision is.”
Coyle’s men also conced- ed a second-half penalty during a bad day at the office, and despite keeper Scott Carson saving Brett Pitman’s 54th minute spot-kick the former Bolton boss still made a point of criticising both decisions.
“It wasn’t a red card, I was a yard away from the incident and Callum got the ball, the linesman next to me didn’t give it and we will certainly be appealing it,” he said.“I think he wasn’t helped by some of the Bournemouth players but it’s done now and we have to move on.
“Callum is gutted and we feel he has been harshly dealt with but I don’t think it has anything to do with reputation. He is a talented player and just wants to play football so you can imagine how disappointed he is.”
After a low-key first-half Bournemouth’s goal came with 43 minutes on the clock when Perchattempted a back pass from the half-way line which dropped short of Carson, allowing Grabban to slot the ball underneath the England stopper.
Bournemouth were given the chance to double their lead when with a penalty on 54 minutes after Jean Beausejour was penalised for a foul on Brett Pitman.
Pitman took the spot-kick but Carson leapt to his left to turn the forward’s effort away and when McManaman was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Pitman Bournemouth were in control until the end.
6 Made one routine save in the first half but had a quiet afternoon
7 Solid in the air and was dependable in defence throughout the match
7 After a shaky start had a solid game and worked well as part of the back four
IAN HARTE Made a few loose passes but offered support going forward
ELLIOT WARD Solid in the air and stood up when Wigan put on late pressure
MARC PUGH Struggled to make an impact in the game
6 Overpowered in the middle by Watson in initially but became better after the red
8 Was a constant presence in the centre of the Cherries midfield
8 Bournemouth’s best player in the first half, great work rate and full of energy
6 Took a poor penalty but almost made amends with a quick free-kick late on
LEWIS GRABBAN Worked hard leading the line and finished well for his goal
SUBSTITUTES THOMAS 6; FRASER (79) ELPHICK N/A; PUGH (90) NOT USED: FLAHAVAN, O’KANE, STOCKLEY, MCDERMOTT, SURMAN
6 Was shaky at times but made a good save from the penalty
STEPHEN CRAINEY Sloppy pass led to a Bournemouth chance, never looked comfortable
6 Shaky start and was sloppy in possession but was a threat from set-pieces
6 Bad slip for the Cherries goal but was generally composed at the back
6 Had a header cleared off the line in the but had his hands full with Grabban
6 Wasn’t able to get involved in the game and was largely ineffective
7 Failed to deliver some of his more ambitious passes but was impressive
6 Had a quiet game and failed to get on the ball and play how he likes to
JAMES MCARTHUR Struggled to make an impact in the game and was left frustrated
6 Started well but over-hit crosses when played into good opportunities
5 Ineffective match and was deservedly substituted on the hour mark
SUBSTITUTES MCMANAMAN 4; FOR MCARTHUR (55) MCLEAN 6; FOR BEAUSEJOUR (55) FORTUNE 6; FOR HOLT (60) NOT USED: NICHOLLS, MCCANN, GOMEZ, , ESPINOZA
FLARE UP: Ian Harte clashes with Wigan manager Owen Coyle after referee Graham Scott showed a red card to Callum McManaman
scores ON TARGET: Lewis Grabban