By 90Min
December 04, 2017

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has criticised referee John Moss' decision not to award what he called a "stonewall" penalty in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Southampton.

Adam Smith was booked with the game still goalless having been adjudged to have dived in the box under Sofiane Boufal's challenge.

And Howe, speaking after the game, was angry at the decision which came minutes before Ryan Fraser opened the scoring.

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"It was a clear penalty. I felt it at the time," Howe told BBC Sport. "I could not believe what the referee did and to see it again makes you feel even worse, it's one of the most stonewall penalties you will see all season.

"We also lose (Smith) to suspension, so it's a huge blow. All he (the ref) can do is look at it and learn from it. I can't ask for more than that. Everyone wants to see diving taken out of the game but maybe he was looking for it where it hadn't happened."

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Southampton went on to level the scores in the second-half through Charlie Austin, although Howe was complimentary of his side's performance.

"It was much better from us today," he added. "Today we were good, Southampton were good too, there was no thought about settling for a point from either side. But we were disappointed, having taken the lead, not to hold on."

A draw left Bournemouth in 14th place in the Premier League standings, five points above the relegation zone.

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