X

Wednesday 20
March

Bournemouth

Gosling defended by boss

3rd January 2019, 09:38 by Nick Harris

After Watford's Troy Deeney accused the Bournemouth midfielder of trying to "do Tom Cleverley", Eddie Howe has defended Dan Gosling.

Bournemouth twice came from behind to salvage a 3-3 Premier League draw with the Hornets in a madcap encounter at the Vitality Stadium.

Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure was lucky to avoid a red card for a nasty tackle on Ryan Fraser, while Gosling was booked for a sliding challenge on Cleverley.

Deeney was quick to criticise Gosling's tackle, claiming "you can't tell me their boy did not try to do Tom Cleverley", but Howe insisted the former Everton and Newcastle man simply mistimed his challenge.

"I don't think it was dangerous, Dan's tackle; for me it's not a red card," said Howe. "I know Dan inside and out, he's not that type of player.

"Yes he's mistimed the tackle. But in terms of those words (from Deeney), that's not in Dan's make-up."

Nathan Ake, Callum Wilson and Fraser all found the net for Bournemouth, with Deeney bagging a brace and setting up Ken Sema for Watford's third.

The Hornets had led 2-0 thanks to Deeney's double, before four goals in six minutes lit up the tie and handed both sides a point.

Cherries manager Howe felt Doucoure should have been dismissed for his challenge on Fraser, insisting the Scotland winger was lucky not to have been seriously hurt.

"Yeah I do I think it was a straight red card," said Howe, of Doucoure's challenge on Fraser.

"Ryan was very fortunate not to pick up a serious injury, it's a very dangerous tackle and one you don't want to see at any level of football."

Asked to appraise his side's draw, Howe added: "I don't know what to think if I'm honest.

"I'm disappointed we haven't won it, because we created so many chances in the second-half.

"But from 2-0 down you have to be very pleased with the spirit and attitude to come back from that, so mixed emotions.

"Ryan (Fraser) was a constant menace today, he looked lively, his set plays were spot-on and he took his goal very well."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

More Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Howe expects players to benefit from Dubai trip

19th March 2019, 09:57

Eddie Howe says the Bournemouth players will benefit from working in a different environment in their training base in Dubai.

Bournemouth

Cherries want Chelsea ace Mount

19th March 2019, 03:55

Bournemouth want to Chelsea starlet Mason Mount, if the Blues loan him out again next season, reports claim.

Bournemouth

Cherries boss hails leader Daniels

18th March 2019, 16:34

Manager Eddie Howe heaped the praise on Charlie Daniels after he captained Bournemouth in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Newcastle.

Bournemouth

King out for best season ever

18th March 2019, 08:35

Bournemouth's Joshua King is hoping to beat his best-ever season scoring record this term after his double against Newcastle.

Bournemouth

Cherries duo fitness boost

15th March 2019, 12:53

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has confirmed that both Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson will be fit to face Newcastle on Saturday.

Bournemouth

Howe sees confidence in Wilson

15th March 2019, 12:46

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says Callum Wilson’s England call up has given him extra confidence in his game.

Recent Sport Headlines

Rugby Union

Adams joins Cardiff Blues

20th March 2019, 00:26

Wales international Josh Adams will join Cardiff Blues from Worcester in time for next season, the club have announced.

Cycling

Brailsford reveals Ineos delight

20th March 2019, 00:13

Team Sky have officially become Team Ineos, news which has been welcomed by Sir Dave Brailsford.

Rugby League

Hull FC ace vows to battle back

20th March 2019, 00:09

Matty Dawson-Jones says he has come to terms with the fact he will not play for Hull FC again this season due to a knee injury.

Bayern Munich

Pressure on BVB says Bayern's Muller

19th March 2019, 23:32

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has warned title rivals Borussia Dortmund they "can't afford to make any mistakes".

Huddersfield Town

Terriers winger could depart

19th March 2019, 19:04

Huddersfield have the option to keep hold of Rajiv van La Parra this summer but his future remains unclear after a tough spell.

Ajax

Overmars relishing next chapter at Ajax

19th March 2019, 19:03

Ajax technical director Marc Overmars says he is still excited by the challenge at the club after rejecting a return to Arsenal.

Monaco

Monaco set to compete with Arsenal

19th March 2019, 18:40

Monaco face a fight to keep hold of loan signing Gelson Martins, with Arsenal still keen, according to reports.

Crystal Palace

Palace star Zaha could link up with Ivory Coast

19th March 2019, 18:19

Ivory Coast could insist that injured Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha reports for duty over the international break.