first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe lamented a double refereeing decision which went against them in their hugely undeserved 1-0 defeat at Liverpool.After Tommy Elphick’s early goal was disallowed, Christian Benteke grabbed the Reds’ winner despite Philippe Coutinho interfering with play whilst standing in an offside position.The Cherries pressed hard for an equaliser but to no avail, and Howe feels his side were out of luck in their first ever Premier League game against the Merseyside outfit.“It [Benteke’s goal] is a clear offside under the new rules. I was very surprised even from my poor angle that the goal was given,” said the 37-year-old.“Our goalkeeper is clearly impacted by the player in the middle of the goal. It’s hugely frustrating after the goal [Elphick’s header] was disallowed as well.”The Premier League issued new rules regarding the offside rule before the start to the season, stating that any player who makes a play towards the ball, even if they don’t go onto touch it, is deemed offside.Benteke’s goal, by virtue, shouldn’t have counted, but it was captain Elphick’s disallowed header in the fourth minute that means Bournemouth and Howe leave Anfield doubly aggrieved by the result.The Cherries boss added: “Tommy has won the ball fairly for me. He’s been aggressive but if that’s a foul then we will be having a foul every time there are corners.“It’s very disappointing. It’s basically a two-goal swing against us. It’s two big decisions that have gone against us and we’ve ultimately been punished by that.”last_img

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