The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BOURNEMOUTH not only failed to take ad­van­tage of an off day for the sides at the top of the Cham­pi­onship, but they were also caught up in a dive storm.

Striker Yann Ker­mor­gant and sub­sti- tute Ryan Fraser were both yel­low carded for sim­u­la­tion by Pre­mier League ref­eree Mike Dean.

Cher­ries manager Ed­die Howe de­nied his team are divers – and had a pop at the per­for­mance of the 46-year-old of­fi­cial.

He said: “The sec­ond one, the foul of Fraser, was a penalty. I don’t think the ref­eree helped, he’s very ex­pe­ri­enced but didn’t han­dle the game par­tic­u­larly well.

“The play­ers are as hon­est as the day is long and although I didn’t see Yann’s yel­low card, I know he is not that kind of player.

“We are usu­ally more ruth­less and in the sec­ond half we did enough to win two matches. My only crit­i­cism is the way we chased the game, our de­ci­sion mak­ing with ten min­utes to go wasn't good.”

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