Premier League new boys Bournemouth suffered a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on Monday night, however, the main talking point from the match was the controversial goal scored by Christian Benteke.
Reds midfielder Philippe Coutinho looked to have influenced play whilst in an offside position, and while Benteke was clearly onside, the goal should not have stood under the Premier League’s new offside laws.
“It’s been a hugely frustrating night. The big decisions have gone against us tonight. It was a two-goal swing against us. It does leave a bitter taste,” Howe said to the Daily Express.
“As for their goal, I was expecting a flag because it was clearly offside under the new rules. The goalkeeper was affected by the movement in front of him.”
This was not the only bad stroke of luck for Bournemouth after the Cherries were disallowed a goal after defender Tommy Elphick was adjudged to have given away a foul on Dejan Lovren in the lead-up.
However, replays indicated that Elphick made very little contact with the Croatian international.
“For me it (Elphick’s header) was a goal. If that is a free-kick then we are going to be seeing frees every time there is a corner,” Howe said.
Bournemouth faces another tough test West Ham United at Dean Court next week.
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