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Bournemouth 1-1 Wolves: Three penalties in Vitality Stadium draw

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Joshua King
King scored and missed a penalty for Bournemouth

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said referees have a "difficult task" after three dubious penalties were awarded - two against his side - in a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.

Cherries striker Joshua King scored from the spot after going down easily under Joao Moutinho's challenge, and then missed in the second half following a foul - which was outside the box - on Ryan Fraser.

Referee Roger East was at the centre of the action and turned down a penalty shout from the visitors when defender Chris Mepham misjudged a clearance and the ball bounced off his arm.

But he did award Wolves a spot-kick when Adam Smith was judged to have brought down Matt Doherty, with Raul Jimenez coolly converting the equaliser.

The official also showed Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma only a yellow card for an elbow into the face of Moutinho.

The point was enough to move Eddie Howe's side up to 10th in the table, six points and two places adrift of Wolves.

"Football is not always fair, it was a very competitive and emotional game against a very tough team," said Nuno.

"Eddie Howe is doing a fantastic job. When incidents happen in the game you cannot lose focus. Until the first penalty we were on top, but then we lost composure and we must improve.

"It is a very difficult task for referees. I don't want to talk about VAR [video assistant referee]. As long as the officials are fair nobody can complain."

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East has difficult afternoon

East, 53, started badly when he pointed to the spot for Bournemouth's first penalty, despite there appearing to be little contact on King in the box.

With uncertainty surrounding the opening goal, East then made further debatable decisions - the most questionable one being to keep Lerma on the field, one of 10 yellow cards handed out in the match.

The Colombia midfielder jumped for a high ball with Moutinho, but the Portuguese was left furious about the challenge and needing medical attention with blood inside his mouth.

"Joao Moutinho is bleeding heavily from his mouth," added Nuno. "He was not happy at all, and when a short man is angry it's tough."

Striker Jimenez, who had a goal ruled out in the opening period, grabbed a point with seven minutes left after Doherty's coming together with Smith, which East felt warranted a second penalty of the game.

And there was still time for the referee to complete a hat-trick - but King struck his effort wide of the target on this occasion.

Bournemouth manager Howe said: "My initial reaction to the first one was that it was a penalty.

"You're always slightly biased, but I thought theirs was harsh on us. The player got his shot away and you don't see players penalised for the follow-through in that scenario very often.

"The third one, there is a debate over whether it is inside the box. I haven't seen it again.

"We should score and win. King has been a reliable taker for us - but it wasn't to be."

Solid at the back, lacking up front

Tweet from the BBC's Conor McNamara showing the sprinklers at the Vitality Stadium going off before the end of the game
The sprinklers were turned on at the Vitality Stadium before the game came to an end

Bournemouth were heading towards a third straight clean sheet at home before Jimenez's goal seven minutes from time.

Up until that point, the Cherries had restricted the visitors to one effort on target - Leander Dendoncker's header which was tipped over the crossbar by Artur Boruc.

Netherlands centre-back Nathan Ake was at the heart of his side's excellent defensive work, making 14 clearances as well as winning the ball back four times and contributing three tackles.

On-loan Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne played well too, but two former Reds could have won the contest.

Dominic Solanke, signed for £19m in January, had a glorious opportunity to make it 2-0 but shot straight at Rui Patricio when through on goal and also flicked a header straight at the keeper, while winger Jordon Ibe smashed an effort against the crossbar.

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Wolves battle for point

The draw took Wolves to 40 points from 27 matches, which equals their best Premier League tally, set in 2010-11.

A year later, they finished bottom of the table and only returned to the top flight this term after a six-season absence by winning the Championship.

Santo's side were far from their best on the south coast but will be pleased to nick something from the game.

They have shown their battling qualities throughout the campaign and did so once more, netting their 26th second-half goal of the season.

Santo added: "We dig deep in the second half. Both teams could win but the draw says that it was a competitive game and a good spectacle."

What's next?

Bournemouth travel to face Arsenal on Wednesday (kick-off 19:45 GMT), while Wolves go to bottom side Huddersfield on Tuesday (19:45).

The Norwegian King - the stats

  • Bournemouth have never lost a Premier League home game against newly promoted opposition (W7 D3).
  • This was the first Premier League game to have three penalties since West Ham v Watford in April 2016.
  • Wolves have scored 74% of their league goals in the second half of games this season (26 of 35), a league-high ratio.
  • Wolves have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their past nine away league matches.
  • Raul Jimenez (10 goals, five assists) has had a hand in a higher share of Wolves' 35 league goals this season than any other player (42.9%).
  • Bournemouth's Joshua King is now the third-highest-scoring Norwegian in the Premier League (39 goals), with only Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (91) and Steffen Iversen (40) netting more.
  • King is only the second Cherries player to score in three top-flight home games in a row, after Junior Stanislas in October 2018.
  • Bournemouth's Adam Smith was shown a yellow card after 49 seconds, the second-quickest card awarded in the Premier League this term.



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1BorucBooked at 90mins
  • 23Clyne
  • 33Mepham
  • 5Aké
  • 15A SmithBooked at 1mins
  • 10Ibe
  • 8LermaBooked at 70mins
  • 4GoslingBooked at 90mins
  • 24Fraser
  • 17King
  • 29SolankeSubstituted forMoussetat 90+1'minutes


  • 6Surman
  • 9Mousset
  • 11Daniels
  • 21Rico
  • 25Simpson
  • 27Begovic
  • 44Surridge


Formation 3-5-2

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5BennettBooked at 57mins
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2Doherty
  • 32DendonckerBooked at 42minsSubstituted forTraoréat 77'minutes
  • 8NevesBooked at 85mins
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 9JiménezBooked at 77minsSubstituted forSaïssat 88'minutes
  • 18JotaBooked at 21minsSubstituted forCavaleiroat 66'minutes


  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 10Hélder Costa
  • 17Gibbs-White
  • 21Ruddy
  • 27Saïss
  • 29Vinagre
  • 37Traoré
Roger East

Match Stats

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    Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

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    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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    Delay in match (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  5. Booking

    Artur Boruc (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

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    Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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    Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Booking

    Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

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    Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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    Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

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    Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Foul by Nathan Aké (Bournemouth).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Lys Mousset replaces Dominic Solanke.

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    Attempt saved. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

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    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saïss replaces Raúl Jiménez.

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    Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.


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