RED OVER REF
Cherries unbeaten in 11 as nine-man Wolves go down
formance and we are desperately disappointed that we haven’t got any points.”
Dutchman van La Parra had been a class act, having been switched from the wing to a central striking role, and Bournemouth were dominant after his departure.
Their pressure eventually told with an equaliser as Arter’s 20yarder deflected off Richard Stearman to beat the unfortunate Carl Ikeme.
And Ikeme’s luck was out again five minutes from time as he made a stunning double save to foil Ritchie’s shot and a Callum Wilson header but Ritchie fired home the Cherries’ third bite at it.
It was harsh on Wolves who had dominated the first half with Cherries keeper Artur Boruc making fine stops from James Henry’s 25yard rocket and a Graham header he superbly tipped over.
Boruc was powerless to stop Graham nodding home Henry’s cross just before the break but the second-half turnaround moved Bournemouth up to third and left boss Eddie Howe a happy man.
Howe said: “I thought the performance was one of two halves for us. We were disappointing in the first half, slow to get going and not as competitive as we usually are.
“We came out a lot stronger second half and even before the sending-off I thought we were the better team as we came out with renewed vigour.
“The sending-off is obviously a key moment in the game and Cooky has got a nasty bump on his head, he’s concussed and feeling a little bit dizzy and unwell.
“He was definitely caught, there’s no doubt about that, he’s not playacting – whether the lad meant to make contact is the key thing and it’s a difficult one for the referee.”
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STAR MAN MATT RITCHI