Cherries boss picks on ref

02 October 2010 08:00
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe felt both of Southampton`s penalties were soft in his side`s 2-0 defeat at St Mary`s. Rickie Lambert struck twice from the spot to earn Saints a first home win of the season and the south-coast bragging rights. Howe went on to criticise referee Kevin Wright further by insisting the Cherries should have had at least two spot-kicks themselves. "I'm probably going to get into trouble for this, but the referee clearly favoured the home team and when you come to a place like this with a big intimidating crowd you need a strong referee," said Howe. "Referees have a tough job and I don't normally comment on them, but we feel hard done by. "Rhoys Wiggins says he was fouled before the ball even hit his arm for the first penalty, and I think the second one was debatable. "I felt we had four good shouts for penalties - two of them were absolutely nailed on and everyone in the crowd could see them except the referee."

Source: PA