Points shared in dramatic stalemate
- Paul Tierney
AFC Bournemouth claimed a potentially-priceless point from an absorbing contest with Tottenham – but were tonight sweating on the extent of an injury to Adam Smith.
The defender received a lengthy spell of treatment and was attended to by club doctor Craig Roberts before being stretchered off early in the second half.
Smith, who was given oxygen, landed awkwardly following a challenge with Tottenham defender Ben Davies in the 55th minute.
The hosts thought they had snatched the points late on, only for Callum Wilson’s effort to be ruled out following a VAR review, the ball having flicked the hand of Joshua King.
And in 12 minutes of added time, a stunning save from Hugo Lloris denied Harry Wilson what would have been a dramatic winner.
Dan Gosling was drafted in for his first start since the season resumed as boss Eddie Howe made two changes following the 5-2 defeat by Manchester United.
Gosling was joined by Callum Wilson, the striker available again having served a two-match suspension. Dominic Solanke and Lewis Cook made way.
Son Heung-min was a surprise omission from the Tottenham starting line-up as Spurs boss Jose Mourinho made three changes following their 1-0 win over Everton on Monday.
Serge Aurier’s dangerous cross had to be turned behind for a corner by Adam Smith as the visitors looked for an early goal.
And while Steven Bergwijn’s first corner was cleared, his second had Spurs appealing in vain for a penalty after Harry Kane had gone to ground in the box.
Spurs boss Mourinho was convinced referee Paul Tierney should have pointed to the spot after Kane had taken a tumble under a Joshua King challenge but VAR deemed the official had made the correct call.
A couple of promising early moves from the Cherries came to nothing with King’s low cross blocked at the near post.
Junior Stanislas’s free-kick was headed clear by Ben Davies before a Cherries appeal for a penalty for handball fell on deaf ears after Diego Rico’s corner had struck Aurier.
And Kane had to be alert to clear his lines after Jefferson Lerma had ghosted in at the far post to head Rico’s free-kick back into the danger zone just before the first drinks break.
As the hosts continued to ask questions of the Tottenham defence, Lloyd Kelly’s long throw eventually fell at the feet of Wilson but his shot was blocked.
Nathan Ake’s timely tackle prevented Erik Lamela from meeting Aurier’s 27th-minute centre before Lerma and Moussa Sissoko were booked following a flare up.
As an entertaining first half drew to a close, Lamela’s speculative effort from 25 yards sailed over the crossbar before Stanislas’s low drive was turned behind for a corner by Hugo Lloris.
For the visitors, Son and Tanguy Ndombele replaced Giovani Lo Celso and Bergwijn at the interval, while the Cherries remained unchanged.
Smith felt the full force of Kane’s venomous free-kick from 30 yards five minutes after the restart and was able to continue following a spell of treatment.
Wilson went down under a challenge by Jan Vertonghen and, although the hosts thought they should have had a penalty, referee Tierney was again unmoved.
Smith was in the wars again when he fell awkwardly following a Ben Davies challenge after 55 minutes, the Cherries defender attended to by medics and then stretchered off.
Jack Stacey replaced Smith following a lengthy stoppage before Harry Winks fired over the crossbar as Spurs mounted the first attack after the delay.
David Brooks also succumbed to injury midway through the second half, the frontman replaced by Liverpool loan man Harry Wilson.
King burst into the Spurs box, only to find his path blocked by Davies, before the Norway international headed the resultant corner past the post.
Kelly atoned for his error after squandering possession to the visitors, the defender recovering to cut out Son’s pass which had been intended for Kane.
Lemela glanced Aurier’s 77th-minute cross narrowly past the upright before Rico made an important interception to stop Lucas Moura in his tracks.
The Cherries defended resolutely as Tottenham exerted a sustained spell of pressure, the visitors forcing a succession of dangerous corners.
Ndombele was booked for scything through the back of Callum Wilson and, although the Cherries played on and netted through King, his header was ruled out for offside. Referee Tierney, however, pulled back play and awarded the hosts a free-kick.
The Cherries thought they had taken the lead in the 90th minute when Callum Wilson’s overhead kick found the back of the net, only for his strike to be chalked off after it had flicked King’s hand.
Lloris pulled off a top-drawer save to thwart Harry Wilson in added time, the Frenchman sticking out his right hand to push away the Wales international’s shot.