Friday 28 July 2017

Rudd tackle angers Howe

Bournemouth 3 Norwich City 0

AFC Bournemouth's Benik Afobe celebrates scoring their third goal. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire
AFC Bournemouth's Benik Afobe celebrates scoring their third goal. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire
AFC Bournemouth's Benik Afobe and Norwich City's Sebastien Bassong. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Phillip Duncan

Bournemouth's record signing Benik Afobe was fortunate to escape a serious injury following a high tackle by Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd, manager Eddie Howe has claimed.

The Cherries secured the biggest victory of their short Premier League tenure yesterday and Afobe, who joined Bournemouth for a reported £11m fee from Wolves earlier this month, was among the goalscorers after he opened his account with 15 minutes remaining.

But Howe claimed the 22-year-old was lucky to still be on the pitch after he was scythed down by Rudd in the first half.

"For me, it was a definite red card on their goalkeeper," said Howe after Rudd was only booked by referee Robert Madley. "While you could argue that he may not have denied a clear goalscoring opportunity, the challenge was high and it caught Benik in a dangerous place.

"He is very lucky not to have picked up a serious injury, and I don't see why the goalkeeper should be exempt from red cards for those challenges. In fact it is even more dangerous because of the speed he came out, and the speed Benik was attacking him."

Bournemouth took the lead after just 10 minutes, when Dan Gosling headed home Marc Pugh's cross. They doubled their advantage shortly after the interval, with Charlie Daniels scoring from the penalty spot. And Afobe completed a fine afternoon for the south coast outfit when he turned home Daniels' cross.

The victory takes Bournemouth one point and one place above rivals Norwich into 15th in the table. "It was not a good afternoon for us," said Norwich boss Alex Neil. "We did not perform well enough and Bournemouth deserved their win."

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