These may be the toughest weeks of Eddie’s Howe’s career since he kept Bournemouth in League Two after VAR farce in defeat by Burnley
- Bournemouth’s poor recent form continued as they were beaten 3-0 by Burnley
- Coach Neil Moss was sent off for trying to show a replay to the fourth official
- Harry Wilson’s strike was chalked off and Jay Rodriguez fired in Burnley’s penalty
- This could be the toughest time for Eddie Howe since they were in League Two
Bournemouth goalkeeping coach Neil Moss was sent off after attempting to show fourth official Tony Harrington a replay during a VAR farce that overshadowed Burnley’s victory.
Moss bounded to the touchline with an iPad to remonstrate after Adam Smith was adjudged to have handled the ball in his own area, before Bournemouth broke downfield to score.
That Harry Wilson strike for the visitors was chalked off and Jay Rodriguez fired home Burnley’s penalty, leaving the Cherries trailing 2-0 rather than on level terms, ending the game as a contest.
Bournemouth goalkeeping coach Neil Moss was sent off in their defeat to Burnley on Saturday
Moss attempted to show the fourth official a replay during a VAR farce in Burnley’s victory
Referee Mike Dean gave Moss his marching orders and the coach watched the remainder of the defeat from the away end at Turf Moor.
‘The red card was possibly for showing the decision on the iPad, trying to take it over to the fourth official,’ Eddie Howe said. ‘Surely that’s common sense if you think there has been an injustice? But common sense doesn’t seem to be applied at the moment.
‘Certainly it’s for the officials to deal with. We don’t want it turning into a farce. It makes a mockery of a high-quality game and two teams giving everything. I know Burnley were the beneficiaries but it’s not the way you want to win a game.’
These may well be the toughest few weeks of Howe’s management career since the early days, keeping Bournemouth afloat in the Football League amid financial problems and points penalties. They remain perilously close to the bottom three — two points above 18th-placed West Ham — and Howe, looking downtrodden, faces Chelsea and Liverpool next.
Jay Rodriguez fired home Burnley’s penalty after Harry Wilson’s strike was chalked off
‘You have to respond and create that siege mentality,’ he added.
‘We feel like we’ve been here before. A lot of staff have been in that position and we can certainly draw on those experiences in this moment.’
Bournemouth struggled to handle Rodriguez and Matej Vydra, the latter making only his fourth Premier League start since an £11million move from Watford two years ago.
Vydra has never been a favourite of Sean Dyche but he offered Burnley guile going forward and allowed them to attack with pace.
‘The best thing for me is he is working for his chance,’ Dyche said. ‘He stretched the pitch. It’s effective.
‘He’s waited and waited and delivered, so fair play.’
These may well be the toughest few weeks of Howe’s management career since the early days
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