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Posted Sat 01 Feb 14 at 16:50 PM

Cherries beaten in controversial fashion

The Cherries were beaten by Leicester City in controversial fashion after Kevin Phillips scored a late winner for the league leaders.

Substitute Phillips headed Anthony Knockaert’s centre back across goal and Lee Camp got a hand to the effort, which referee Darren Drysdale deemed to have crossed the line.

The Cherries certainly felt aggrieved with Ian Harte, Harry Arter and Camp letting the officials know what they thought of the decision.

However, the goal proved to be the difference as the Foxes recorded their ninth consecutive victory with a 1-0 win.

Both Lewis Grabban and Tommy Elphick went close for the home side in the first half, but it was goalkeeper Camp who was the stand out performer.

He made important saves from Lloyd Dyer and Jamie Vardy in quick succession in the opening 20 minutes.

Camp then produced a fantastic stop early on in the second period to push away Knockaert’s header from close range.

Yann Kermorgant also played 45 minutes on his debut following a deadline day move from Charlton Athletic and showed some neat touches up front alongside Grabban.

However, his presence wasn’t enough to help the Cherries find a late equaliser at the Goldsands Stadium.

There was little between the hosts and the league leaders early on, but the Cherries were indebted to Camp for keeping the scores level midway through the first half.

Camp first blocked Dyer’s fierce strike from a narrow angle before turning Vardy’s effort on to the bar after the striker had gone one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Grabban and Elphick both then went close either side of another good save from Camp, who denied Vardy at full stretch.

Howe opted to make two changes at half-time, bringing on Matt Ritchie and handing a debut to Kermorgant in place of Tokelo Rantie and Ryan Fraser.

Both sides picked up the pace just before the hour mark, with Knockaert curling a free-kick wide and Grabban seeing a strike from distance bounce narrowly off target.

Once again though it was Camp who kept out the Foxes, producing a brilliant point blank save to push away Knockaert’s header inside the six yard box.

With the game finely balanced, it appeared there could be some late drama and that proved to be the case as Phillips came off the bench to score a winner in the 81st minute.

Phillips managed to redirect Knockaert’s cross back across the face of goal and although Camp got a hand to it, the linesman signaled the ball had just crossed the line.

Cherries: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Ward, Harte, Fraser (Ritchie h-t), Arter, O'Kane, Surman (Pitman 82), Rantie (Kermorgant h-t), Grabban.

Unused substitutes: Allsop, Cook, Smith, MacDonald, Pitman.

Booked: Ward, Arter, Camp

Leicester City: Schmeichel, De Laet, Wasilewski, Morgan, Konchesky, Knockaert, James (King 79), Drinkwater, Dyer, Nugent (Phillips 73), Vardy (Hammond 85).

Unused substitutes: Logan, Hammond, Schlupp, Mahrez, Wood.

Booked: Wasilewski

Goal: Phillips (81)

Attendance: 10,719 (including 1,435 Leicester City supporters)

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