Francis shouldn’t have seen red, but we won’t appeal – Howe

Date published: Saturday 2nd January 2016 6:12

Eddie Howe: Happy to claim a point at Leicester

Eddie Howe: Happy to claim a point at Leicester

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hailed a “massive point” at Leicester – but felt Simon Francis was incorrectly sent off after “one of the tackles of the season”.

Francis saw red during the second half when he was adjudged to have fouled Jamie Vardy, but Leicester missed the penalty – and the chance to stay on level pegging with Premier League leaders Arsenal – after the Cherries held on for 0-0 draw.

After the game, Howe told the BBC: “I didn’t think it (Francis’ challenge) was a foul from my angle, he definitely touched the ball. It was a great recovery tackle. It’s not a foul, a penalty or a sending off.

“It was a very even game before that point, a high tempo game and very high quality. We had some great chances in the first half but when we went down to 10 men we showed character and it’s a great point for us.

“We won’t appeal the red card as it’s a one-game ban and the FA Cup is coming up.”

Howe added: “It was there for the taking at 0-0 but the sending off was a total change.

“The referee was on the other side so there is no criticism from me but it was one of the tackles of the season from Simon Francis. A fantastic recovery against Jamie Vardy.

“Artur Boruc made an excellent save and kept the penalty out and we then had to adjust and took a massive point. It is a great result for us.”

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