UK time is: 17:36:14
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Howe: No blame attached to O'Kane

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe refused to blame Eunan O'Kane for giving away a bizarre penalty against Walsall on Saturday.

With the game poised at 2-1 to the home side, but with Walsall down to ten men, the Cherries were chasing the game, desperate to save a point and extend the unbeaten League One run of form to sixteen games.

So when Steve Cook blatantly fouled Will Grigg, O'Kane calmly chipped the ball up, caught it and ran over to place the ball for the free kick in a bid to save time.

But O'Kane had unfortunately not played to the whistle and instead of a conceding a free kick, the referee awarded a penalty for hand ball.

The resulting spot kick was calmly dispatched ending any hopes the Cherries had of getting back on level terms.

O'Kane posted on Twitter after the game and said...

"I can only apologise for what happened today! Thought I had heard a whistle so was trying to get the ball back to them to speed the game up!"

He received sympathy from both AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and Walsall assistant Richard O'Kelly after the game.

Howe told the Daily Echo...

"...You can`t really attach any blame to Eunan. He picked up the ball almost in good faith. It is something he will learn from and I don`t think he will ever do it again."

Whilst O'Kelly added...

"I thought the referee confused people with some of his decisions all through the game and he confused Eunan O`Kane the most. The referee and linesman both had a great position and it should have been a free-kick. Will Grigg was brought down by Cook.

"You could say Eunan should have reacted in a different way but, in my opinion, he could win the fair play award for what he did.

"I thought the referee had a get-out and could have given the free-kick after looking like he had tried to play the advantage. He didn`t, he applied the letter of the law and, unfortunately, he gave us a penalty."


AFCB Vital Travel Coaches

AFCB Vital are sponsoring the Travel Coaches this season.

The sponsorship guarantees that a supporter coach will travel to every league and cup game this season. For prices, departure times and how to book - click here.



It's easy to join AFCB Vital

With Vital Bournemouth you can win prizes just by having your say on the articles, polls and forums, click the link to register.

Join The Vital Debate





Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: DJ Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 21 2013

Time: 12:20PM

Your Comments

Fair comment from the walsall manager, nice to see a balance view from a opposing manager.
BaldBill
Generally heart warming comments from O'Kelly there.
Will-AFCB
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Cherries host Forest (Thursday April 24 2014)

Howe: Inferiority complex shifted (Thursday April 24 2014)

Francis: Perhaps I've been lucky (Thursday April 24 2014)

Francis: It's all to play for (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Howe: We have been frustrated (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Cook: My best goal to date (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Howe: We showed real guts (Tuesday April 22 2014)

Bank Holiday Blues Held (Tuesday April 22 2014)

Archived Articles

List All AFCB Vital Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. billythekid 425
2. AlGard 281
3. yesyescherry 271
4. DJ 188
5. ErikthViking 180
6. Garbo 176
7. 4FCB 173
8. thefiendofkingspark 163
9. dragonm8 138
10. kirsikka 131

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
8. Forest 44 16 17 11 7 65
9. Ipswich 44 17 14 13 6 65
10. Blackburn 44 16 16 12 5 64
11. Bournemouth 44 17 12 15 -1 63
12. Watford 43 15 15 13 17 60
13. Middlesbrough 44 14 16 14 7 58
14. Bolton 44 13 16 15 -3 55

Breaking League News

Martin Happy With Play-Offs
Derby County : 24/04/2014 15:00:00
Cherries host Forest
Bournemouth : 24/04/2014 14:49:00
Prutton weighing up playing options
Sheff Wed : 24/04/2014 13:39:00
Owls have competition for Hull striker
Sheff Wed : 24/04/2014 13:34:00
Owls suffer double injury blow
Sheff Wed : 24/04/2014 13:28:00
Scout Focus: Leeds United
Birmingham : 24/04/2014 13:00:00
Madejski reveals 'slow progress' in owner search
Reading : 24/04/2014 13:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Do you think we can finish better than 12th this season?
Suggested By:  Cheshunt Cherry
Yes 88%
No 11%
Undecided 1%