Tuesday 20 August 2019

Clement fury over disallowed goal

Swansea 0 Bournemouth 0

AFC Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe (left) and Swansea City's Tom Carroll battle for the ball during the Premier League match. Photo: Nick Potts/PA
AFC Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe (left) and Swansea City's Tom Carroll battle for the ball during the Premier League match. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

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Paul Clement felt referee Stuart Attwell cost his side victory yesterday as Swansea ended a run of four successive Premier League defeats.

Clement felt Wilfried Bony's disallowed strike on the stroke of half-time should have stood. Bony smashed home a loose ball off the underside of the crossbar, but Attwell adjudged that Jordan Ayew had pushed over Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake moments before.

"I thought at the time it was a soft foul to give, if that was between the two boxes the game would have carried on," Clement said. "I told the referee that at half-time it was a soft decision, I've since looked back at it on video and I stand by that.

"Jordan was too strong for him and outmuscled him. But then I thought the referee had a really poor game and wasn't up to speed."

AFC Bournemouth's Adam Smith (left) and Andrew Surman battle for the ball with Swansea City's Leroy Fer during their Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. Photo: Nick Potts/PA
AFC Bournemouth's Adam Smith (left) and Andrew Surman battle for the ball with Swansea City's Leroy Fer during their Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

Clement's position has come under intense scrutiny with Swansea dropping into the relegation zone.

But Swansea were the better side against disappointing visitors and substitute Leroy Fer missed a sitter seven minutes from time.

"I was pleased with our spirit, energy and enthusiasm," Clement said. "I saw a team fighting, a team committed and a team giving everything to get the result.

"Some of our football was really positive as well. If we continue to build on that level we are going to get out of trouble, no question about it."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe disputed Clement's view on the disallowed goal, insisting that Ake was bundled over in the six-yard box.

He added: "We dug in well when we weren't playing well and made sure we didn't lose the game, which hasn't always been the case in the Premier League."

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