Written by Ross Millen (@RossMillen)
Boss Eddie Howe hinted he was in favour of VAR after AFC Bournemouth’s dramatic draw with Wolves on Saturday at Vitality Stadium.
It was an afternoon that saw referee Roger East award three penalties over the course of the 90 minutes, the first time this has happened in the Premier League since April 2016.
Speaking after the match, Howe told the media: “Initially I was very very hesitant but now I’ve seen VAR and the longer I’ve been in it it’s probably a good thing.
“The only danger with VAR again is if you’re looking at those decisions, are any of the others clear cut? No probably not, it’s still going to be someone else’s interpretation.”
As of next season, the top flight is set to introduce the use of VAR.
One of the decisions made by referee East throughout was to book Jefferson Lerma for a challenge that saw the Colombian catch Wolves’ Joao Moutinho with his elbow.
The yellow card takes Lerma to a total of ten for the season, now meaning the midfielder will miss the next two fixtures through suspension.
Howe admitted: “He’s done so well since he’s been on nine bookings to manage himself to not pick up another one.
“We knew how important he is to the team and to lose him for two games is a huge blow. He had a lot of bookings early in the season where he was just adjusting to the English game.
“The pleasing thing is the last couple of months he has been very mindful and watchful while not impacting his performance.”
Despite the controversial performance from the referee, the Cherries manager still believes his players got stuck in:
“I thought the players gave everything to the match, I was very pleased with our attitude to the game.
“When you consider how many players we have injured, I thought the players are were available today really stepped up which is hugely important and shows the strength of the squad.”
The share of the spoils means that the Cherries move up one place in the table to tenth, six points behind Wolves in eighth.