Bournemouth boss ‘surprised’ by ‘harsh’ Newcastle United decision during 1-1 draw

The Bournemouth interim manager was ‘surprised’ at the decision to award Newcastle United a penalty.

Bournemouth interim boss Gary O’Neil was surprised at referee Craig Pawson’s decision to award Newcastle United’s penalty.

Philip Billing handed the Cherries the lead on 63 minutes before the Magpies immediately levelled from the spot.

Kieran Trippier’s cross hit the hand of Jefferson Lerma. Pawson reviewed the incident at the VAR monitor and signalled for a penalty.

Summer signing Alexander Isak sent Neto the wrong way to rescue a point for United on a hugely frustrating afternoon at St James’ Park.

“I understand it’s difficult,” said O’Neil. “That is the perfect situation for VAR as there is no way the referee could see that live.

“I understand it going to VAR  but really surprised by the conclusion they’ve come to.

“Jefferson Lerma has gone to put his body in the way of the ball and his arm swings as it does when you’re moving. He’s not looking at it. I was surprised.

“If I was looking at the VAR images, there is no way I’d have given a penalty. That’s not a criticism at all, it’s just my opinion, I thought it was harsh.”

Newcastle struggled to match the intensity shown in recent games and lacked idea in the final third.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, had a clear plan to counter-attack their hosts.

O’Neil said: “There is a slight disappointment as I thought the goal was harsh on us but I tend to try and judge it on what I’ve asked the boys to do and they delivered exactly what we asked.

“Pleased but tinged with a slight disappotment we didn’t get all three.”