Con­tro­versy for Cal­lum again

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/ By Oliver Wrynne-Simpson

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.

BOURNEMOUTH

FOR­MA­TION: 4-4-2

RYAN ALL­SOP

6 Made one rou­tine save in the first half but had a quiet af­ter­noon

SI­MON FRAN­CIS

7 Solid in the air and was depend­able in de­fence through­out the match

STEVE COOK

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

HARRY ARTER

6

6

6

6 Over­pow­ered in the mid­dle by Wat­son in ini­tially but be­came bet­ter af­ter the red

SHAUN MAC­DON­ALD

8 Was a con­stant pres­ence in the cen­tre of the Cher­ries mid­field

RYAN FRASER

8 Bournemouth’s best player in the first half, great work rate and full of en­ergy

BRETT PIT­MAN

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

WI­GAN

FOR­MA­TION: 4-4-2

SCOTT CAR­SON

7

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

EM­MER­SON BOYCE

6

6 Shaky start and was sloppy in pos­ses­sion but was a threat from set-pieces

JAMES PERCH

6 Bad slip for the Cher­ries goal but was gen­er­ally com­posed at the back

LEON BAR­NETT

6 Had a header cleared off the line in the but had his hands full with Grab­ban

JAMES MCCARTHY

6 Wasn’t able to get in­volved in the game and was largely in­ef­fec­tive

BEN WAT­SON

7 Failed to de­liver some of his more am­bi­tious passes but was im­pres­sive

SHAUN MALONEY

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

JEAN BEAUSE­JOUR

6

6 Started well but over-hit crosses when played into good op­por­tu­ni­ties

GRANT HOLT

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

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

scores ON TAR­GET: Lewis Grab­ban

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