Friday 23 February 2018

Arter tackle enrages Hughes

Bournemouth 2 Stoke City 2

Mark Hughes felt Bournemouth escaped a couple of red cards during yesterday's game. Photo: PA Wire
Mark Hughes felt Bournemouth escaped a couple of red cards during yesterday's game. Photo: PA Wire

Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes Bournemouth were lucky to escape two red cards in their 2-2 Premier League draw.

Hughes insisted Ireland international Harry Arter should have been dismissed for the two-footed tackle on Joe Allen that only yielded a yellow card.

Arter was lucky to escape a red-card in the clash at the Vitality Stadium. Photo: PA Wire
Arter was lucky to escape a red-card in the clash at the Vitality Stadium. Photo: PA Wire

And the Stoke manager also claimed Bournemouth midfielder Max Gradel could have been sent off for kicking out at Ryan Shawcross at the Vitality Stadium.

"The boy Arter's very lucky to stay on the field," said Hughes. "If that was one of my players would he have got sent off? We'd have to say absolutely, because that's what happens to Stoke players.

"He was very fortunate. It was out of control, a little reckless and put the player at risk.

"It was a poor challenge and should have been penalised with a red card.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. Photo: PA Wire
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. Photo: PA Wire

"And Gradel did kick out (at Shawcross), so he's fortunate that the fourth official didn't see it."

Stoke were on course for a first win on the road since January 14 until Shawcross's late own goal handed Bournemouth a share of the spoils.

The Potters ended a 10-hour goal drought on the road through Lys Mousset's own goal and Mame Biram Diouf's first strike of the season.

Junior Stanislas found the net to cap a slick move for the Cherries, before Shawcross unwittingly diverted Josh King's wayward effort past Jack Butland.

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