Bournemouth star admits he should have been sent off against Newcastle
Steve Cook was a happy man on Saturday night, as his late goal gave Bournemouth all three points at St James Park.
A game of two halves saw Newcastle with a lot of chances in the first half and a disallowed Dwight Gayle that should have stood, only to go to pieces after the break and Bournemouth get on top.
Steve Cook though was happy for another reason after the final whistle.
The visiting defending admitting that seconds after he scored, the referee should have sent him off and gave Newcastle a chance to equalise.
For those who rely on only Match of The Day, they will be wondering what this is all about.
Bizarrely, they chose not to show the incident in their highlights, Dwight Gayle in on goal and Steve Cook bringing him down just before he could get in the penalty area.
With the late goal and final whistle coming only a few minutes afterwards, this has been totally lost in all/most reporting.
Bournemouth should have been down to 10 men for the last few minutes and Newcastle should have had a free-kick in the perfect area just outside the box in a central area.
Even Eddie Howe admits that ‘It should have been a free-kick’, which with Cook being last man would have also definitely equalled a red card as well as the great goalscoring chance.
The Newcastle team failing to lift/focus themselves in the second-half was why there wasn’t a win or even a draw – but the referee and his officials were shocking. Every 50-50 decision went Bournemouth’s way, as well as others that looked obvious in Newcastle’s favour but went the other way.
Hopefully it evens itself up…
Steve Cook speaking to Daily Echo:
“I thought he was offside but wasn’t going to take any risks by letting him go.
“He didn’t give offside and it probably was a foul but there you go.
“Yes (I was really worried), but not because I thought he would score, but maybe because I thought I was going to be sent off.
“But I would have been more than happy to have taken one for the team to get the three points.
“Fortunately, neither happened and we got the three points.”
Eddie Howe’s view on the incident:
“At the time, I thought it should have been a free-kick.
“I know the Newcastle fans might not agree with me but I thought the referee had a good game. I know one side views it differently to the other but that, potentially, was one we got away with.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Bournemouth 1
Bournemouth: Cook 90+2
Possession was Bournemouth 52% Newcastle 48%
Total shots were Bournemouth 16 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were Bournemouth 6 Newcastle 4
Corners were Bournemouth 9 Newcastle 11
Referee: Paul Tierney
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles (Clark 55), Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu (Murphy 82), Joselu (Perez 68)
Darlow, Gamez, Mitrovic, Diame
Crowd: 52,237 (Bournemouth 1,600)
(Sam Allardyce verdict on Newcastle 0 Bournemouth 1 HERE)
(Read what Rafa had to say after the match HERE)
(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)
(A worthwhile experiment Rafa Benitez will not be repeating..? Read HERE)
(Update on Jamaal Lascelles injury – Read HERE)
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