KENNY SEES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Michael Beard­more

SER­GIO Aguero’s Christ­mas card list will not in­clude ref­eree Mike Jones’s name – and nei­ther will Kenny Jack­ett’s after the of­fi­cial played a huge part in ex­tend­ing Wolves’ rot­ten run.

Jack­ett’s men led at the break as loa­nee Danny Gra­ham opened his ac­count for the club and ended Wolves’ month-long goal drought with a smart header.

How­ever, Ra­jiv van La Parra’s send­ing-off for what Jones – who made head­lines last month for wrongly book­ing Manch­ester City ace Aguero for div­ing – deemed a de­lib­er­ate el­bow on Steve Cook turned the game in the Cher­ries’ favour.

Goals from Harry Arter and Matt Ritchie in the last 20 min­utes changed the course of the game, ex­tend­ing Bournemouth’s un­beaten run to 11 games and hand­ing Wolves a fifth de­feat on the spin.

Wolves ended the game with nine men after Matt Do­herty’s stop­page-time lunge on Brett Pit­man and Jack­ett felt both red cards were very harsh.

Jack­ett said:“The first send­ing-off was the turn­ing point and the of­fi­cials have said he led with his el­bow and be­cause of that it was a red card.

“I didn’t think he led with his el­bow at the time and hav­ing seen it again after I felt it was head to head, per­haps a book­ing for a mist­imed chal­lenge but not a red. He was def­i­nitely go­ing for the ball.

“It took off a player on the day who was a big threat for us and changed the dy­nam­ics of the game.

“We’ve been lack­ing pace in that po­si­tion since Nouha Dicko has been in­jured and van La Parra’s ath­leti­cism was a con­stant threat so to lose him – and lose him un­justly – was a big blow.

“Not just go­ing down to 10 but you could see our for­ward threat di­min­ish after that.

“The sec­ond send­ing-off I felt was equally harsh. I felt Matt Do­herty won the ball with his front foot and his sec­ond leg was pas­sive, by his side.

“We gave as good as we got in the hour up to the send­ing-off. We gave a very good side a lot of prob­lems and de­served our lead.

“Our re­cent per­for­mances haven’t been good enough as well as re­cent re­sults – but we had a per-

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