Howe questions ‘debatable’ Swansea penalty

Date published: Sunday 22nd November 2015 2:50

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Eddie Howe says he is unsure whether it was the correct decision to award a crucial penalty against his Bournemouth side at Swansea.

With the Cherries leading 2-1, Andre Ayew won a contentious penalty six minutes before the interval, which Jonjo Shelvey slotted home restore parity – after the visitors had earlier gone 2-0 up.

The Ghanaian appeared to trip himself when challenged by defender Simon Francis, and Howe admits it was a questionable decision, though insists there were plenty of positives to take out of the draw.

“I need to see the goals again but they are debatable. Simon definitely felt it wasn’t a penalty and from my position it didn’t look quite right,” Howe said.

“I’m very pleased with the players as right from the start I thought we were excellent.

“We were in control of ourselves and deservedly got the two goals, and it’s very rare that a team comes to Swansea and dominates the ball like we did.

“The only disappointing thing is that we haven’t won the game after being two goals up. So there’s things to learn from, but in the second half we were camped in their half and looking like we were going to score.”

Bournemouth remain in the Premier League’s relegation zone following the draw.

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