Gary O’Neil frustrated as ‘really tough decisions’ are made in Brentford v Bournemouth draw

Gary O’Neil lamented two “really tough decisions” as Bournemouth were twice denied a penalty while Brentford were drawn to a stalemate in the Premier League.

Cherries boss O’Neill revealed he had been looking for answers after rookie referee Thomas Bramall was taken full-time as to why the hosts were twice denied penalties in the 0-0 draw at Vitality Stadium.

Kristoffer Ajer overturned Jordan Zemura in the first half only for Bramall to rule out a penalty despite being instructed to check the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Mathias Jensen bundled the ball against his arm on the final play, with officials quickly dismissing the incident and Bramall whistling for full-time.

Bramall negotiated his second Premier League game manfully enough but struggled to stay in control – leaving Cherries boss O’Neil with plenty of questions after the contest.

“Those were really tough decisions, I don’t think they were blatant or obvious decisions, but I also think both could be penalties,” Cherries interim boss O’Neil said.

“No one is perfect, it’s a tough job and I thought today was a tough day for him. I went into the referee’s room after the game to ask him what he thought he saw. I haven’t seen any footage from the last review, which is what you usually do.

“So I asked if it was definitely because at that moment if he blows that final whistle that creates some confusion as to whether it’s going to be checked, the game is over, the lads shake hands, walk away, stay on the Place?

“So I thought he couldn’t have whistle at that moment and we could have made the check before the game was over. But he assures me there was a check and it was taken very quickly.

“I also understand why it took them a while to review the first one. I think Ajer obviously slips and his trailing foot touches the ball. It looks to me like he reaches Jordan (Zemura) before he gets the ball.

“Once they were sent on screen they generally comply with the VAR decision so at that moment I was confident he would give the penalty. I would have liked it, but I think it’s tough.

“We’ve had four VAR ratings against us in my four games and this is the first time I’ve gone home a bit frustrated.”

Bournemouth were denied two penalties

(PA wire)

Bournemouth were able to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four games after all, with O’Neil helping the Cherries recover from the 9-0 defeat at Liverpool and the end of the Scott Parker era.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank praised inexperienced referee Bramall for the conviction in his decisions amid a mixed afternoon for the Bees.

“I would like to commend Thomas Bramall today for his work, he is a young referee and every Premier League game is important.

“His character and calm head were important at a very, very stressful moment when you’re called to the monitor.

“It’s a game-changing decision, and nine times out of ten it’s most likely a pen.

“But he’s sticking to his decision and that says a lot about him.

“I have no doubt that’s not a penalty so very well done for him.” Gary O’Neil frustrated as ‘really tough decisions’ are made in Brentford v Bournemouth draw

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