Drama match as Bournemouth and Tottenham play to a goalless saw. Wilson’s acrobatic stoppage-time effort struck Joshua King’s arm on the way into the Tottenham net. The Cherries can take positives from ending a five-game losing run to earn a draw against Spurs but remain in the drop zone, three points from a position of safety. A point also does little to further Spurs’ European ambitions, though the visitors felt they should have had a penalty for a push on forward Harry Kane.
Bournemouth thought they had snatched a significant win in their bid to avoid relegation but were denied after Callum Wilson’s overhead kick was ruled out by the video assistant referee.
Kane did not have a touch in the opposition box until the 78th minute as a lacklustre Spurs side failed to register a shot on target. Bournemouth substitute Harry Wilson forced Hugo Lloris into a late save while King had earlier put the ball in the net from close range, but Stanislas was offside earlier in the move.
There was also a concern for Cherries defender Adam Smith, who was carried off on a stretcher following lengthy treatment after suffering a head injury in a heavy collision with Ben Davies. Erik Lamela glanced a header wide in Tottenham’s only real chance of note, with their early penalty appeal Jose Mourinho side’s best chance of breaking the deadlock.
Kane appeared to be shoved in the back by King from a corner but VAR looked at the incident and decided it was not a foul. It leaves Tottenham ninth, one point behind north London rivals Arsenal, who they face on Sunday.
Can Cherries conjure escape act?
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says his love for the club is the driving factor behind his desire to extend their five-year stay in the top flight, having guided the Cherries from the fourth tier to the Premier League over two spells as manager.
After his side shipped nine goals in their previous two outings, the 42-year-old will take comfort in a clean sheet and a point against last year’s Champions League finalists. But it could have been more for the hosts, had Callum Wilson’s effort not clipped team-mate King’s arm on its way into the net deep into stoppage time. There was still time for namesake Harry to engineer a glorious chance to win it for Howe’s outfit, but the on-loan Liverpool winger fired straight at Tottenham goalkeeper Lloris.
It means Bournemouth remain three points behind 17th-placed Watford with four games to play. Howe’s passion has seen the Cherries scale previously unthinkable heights, but they realistically need to win two of their remaining fixtures – against Leicester, Manchester City, rivals Southampton and Everton – to stay in the top flight.
Source – BBC News
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