AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Brentford: Yoane Wissa scores winner in frantic finish

AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Brentford: Yoane Wissa scores winner in frantic finish

11 May 2024 0 By Total Football News

Even with a loss in their final home game, Bournemouth have had a brilliant season.

Despite a nine-match winless start, the Cherries have recorded their highest ever points total and are 10th in the Premier League table with one game to play.

There was a jubilant mood inside the Vitality when Solanke appeared to open the scoring in the 27th minute with a driven finish.

Indeed, the England striker was so confident his early goal would stand he performed a pre-planned celebration – putting on an orange mask worn by the character Obito Uchiha in the manga series Naruto.

But referee Donohue overturned his initial decision after consulting the pitchside monitor and spotting the ball strike the arm of Antoine Semenyo in the build-up.

He had another strike hit the net 10 minutes later, although the referee had already blown after he fouled Brentford defender Kristoffer Ajer.

Solanke did eventually get his goal, and again donned his Naruto mask, but his strike did not earn the Cherries any points in the end.

Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola – who was nominated for the Premier League’s manager of the season award this week – was then booked after arguing over the decision.

“It’s true that he [the referee] makes his [Premier League] debut,” Iraola told BBC Match of the Day.

“He may be very good, but obviously he has had a very bad game.”

He added he “didn’t understand” why the first goal was disallowed, and that Solanke’s other strike which was ruled out was “a big, big, big mistake”.

The Cherries continued to push in an open game, with Lloyd Kelly heading a corner just wide midway through the second half.

But, as they tried to find a late winner of their own, the Bees were caught on the break by their opponents and ultimately fell to their fourth defeat in seven matches.

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