AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs lucky to escape with a point

AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs lucky to escape with a point

Bournemouth were unlucky not to take all three points at home to the still-unbeaten Spurs.

Oliver Emmerson

AFC Bournemouth walked away feeling that they should have beaten Tottenham Hotspur in the early Saturday game, with the two teams drawing 0-0 at the Vitality Stadium.

There were chances for each side in one of the more entertaining stalemate's we'll see this season, but it was the Cherries that enjoyed the better of those chances, with wasteful finishing to blame for their failure to get a win. 

The draw did extend Spurs' unbeaten run so far in the Premier League this season, and kept them in the top four ahead of the remaining weekend fixtures.

Woodwork struck twice in twenty

It was an entertaining opening period, with Hugo Lloris on hand to save Spurs after just five minutes. A Bournemouth corner was played short and then worked across to Charlie Daniels in the area, the defender seeing his shot diverted up onto the crossbar by Lloris. 

Bournemouth weren't the only side to hit the woodwork early on, with Erik Lamela begininning an eventful day for himself by crashing an effort off the post from distance after Dele Alli's run - including two nutmeg's - had helped set the winger up to shoot.

Lamela the catalyst for Spurs losing their discipline

Clearly frustrated with his shot just missing, Lamela lunged on Adam Smith to pick up a yellow card less than two minutes later. He'd become the first of four players yellow carded for Tottenham in the first half, where Mauricio Pochettino's side looked a touch off the pace. Lamela was lucky to avoid a sending off for another late challenge in the half, Craig Pawson's decision to keep him on the pitch leaving the home crowd furious. 

Callum Wilson had a chance to open the scoring just before the interval after a good run from Jordon Ibe, but stabbed his shot wide of Lloris' left-hand post.

Lamela continued to struggle going into the second half, as an excellent touch from Christian Eriksen sent him clear of the Bournemouth defence, but an apparent lack of pace allowed the Cherries backline to get back and cover.

More controversy flared up later on in the half, as Victor Wanyama was left limping after a strong challenge from the excellent Harry Arter. A fair tackle, deemed Pawson, but one not appreciated by the Tottenham bench.

Should Sissoko have seen red?

Coming on as a substitute, it looked like Moussa Sissoko was looking to exact some revenge on Arter when he swung an elbow at the midfielder on the touchline, something that the FA may well be forced to look at in the coming days.

Tempers boiled over after an elbow on Harry Arter (Photo: Getty Images / Charlie Crowhurts)
Tempers boiled over after an elbow on Harry Arter (Photo: Getty Images / Charlie Crowhurts)

Spurs' discipline was wavering, and there were two penalty shouts for Bournemouth later in the game, especially when Wanyama barged into Jack Wilshere in the box, however neither challenges were deemed penalty-worthy. Substitute Benik Afobe nodded a chance over in injury time, and that was all she wrote on a frustrating day for each side, for differing reasons.