John Ward angry that Bournemouth’s goal was allowed to stand

JOHN Ward has very unhappy with Bournemouth’s controversial opening goal, which smacked of offside, during today’s 1-1 draw on the Dorset coast.

Shaun MacDonald netted on 11 minutes, but only after the U’s defence had stopped in their tracks waiting for an offside flag against Wes Thomas, who was clearly standing offside and hovering over the ball.

But at least Tom Eastman netted his second goal in three minutes, with an 83rd minute equaliser, to salvage a draw for the U’s.

“I’m not relieved about our equaliser. Rather, we deserved it!” insisted Ward.

“We marshalled the second half and were very strong. We fell behind to a disputed goal and we showed a lot of character because we could have wobbled at that point.

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“We could have let that goal affect us, but we stood firm,” added Ward.

Referring to Bournemouth’s goal, Ward said: “We feel that there were one or two unjust areas in the scoring of their goal.

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“There was a player (Thomas) in an offside position. He’s two yards ahead of my back four. He goes to play the ball and then leaves it, because there is another player (MacDonald) who is not offside who comes into position.

“Therefore there’s six reasons why he should be given offside, and one where he is not.

“The bottom line is he (Thomas) is in the penalty box and he’s in an offside position, and we are looking for a flag that did not come,” added Ward.

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