Bournemouth 0-0 Brentford: Bees survive two heavy penalties in Premier League stalemate

The Cherries were left baffled by rookie referee Thomas Bramall ruling out a kick despite being ordered to the pitch monitors by VAR official John Brooks.

The Vitality Stadium hosts felt frustrated to see Kristoffer Ajer’s wayward sliding challenge on Jordan Zemura go unpunished.

Bramall took charge of the Premier League for just the second time, and his decision to stick with his initial decision on the pitch not to penalize drew obvious derision from the Cherries.

Bournemouth’s anger grew further at the final whistle as Bramall didn’t hesitate to see the ball hit Mathias Jensen’s arm in the box.

The last-minute skirmish should not have resulted in a penalty, but Bramall struggled to control the situation as the Cherries players surrounded him.

Both of these teams proved too tame to overthrow the other on the south coast in the end, with killer instinct conspicuous by its absence in Dorset.

Brentford’s Kristoffer Ajer got away with knocking down Jordan Zemura

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Cherries caretaker boss Gary O’Neill will always be delighted to extend his side’s unbeaten streak to four Premier League games.

The proposed takeover of Bournemouth by US investor Bill Foley also remains in the works, leaving plenty of optimism in the air for the fall.

Brentford were at least able to stabilize the proceedings after their 3-0 loss to Arsenal, with the Bees well below their best but still scoring a point.

A first half devoid of quality, especially from the officials, which ended without a goal. Bournemouth remained by far the most injured side at the break, given that rejected penalty.

Chris Mepham almost gave Brentford the dream start, going straight to Mikkel Damsgaard in the final third. The ex-Sampdoria man clung to the misplaced pass and drove into the area, only to see a clean strike repelled by Neto.

Pontus Jansson squandered a free header from a corner with a miserable connection, before Damsgaard fired the loose ball straight at Neto.

The Cherries were then inexplicably denied that spot kick when Ajer obliterated Zemura on the slide into the area.

Referee Bramall dismissed a penalty despite a long look at the pitchside monitor, leaving the hosts a little dumbfounded.

Ajer lost control on the slide and even lifted his front leg when Zemura tried to jump over an obstacle.

Bramall obviously dismissed the contact, but it seemed to everyone just another questioning result of a VAR check.

Ivan Toney was cautioned at the end of half-time for throwing the ball into the crowd, summing up Dean Court’s general feelings ahead of the break.

Bournemouth players were also furious after Mathias Jensen’s handball went unpunished

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Jefferson Lerma’s looping header offered moderate threat to open the second half, but Toney stepped in to nod clearly with no real alarm.

Bournemouth then missed a counter, with Kieffer Moore’s heavy touch missing any chance of a strike.

Lerma also blocked the recovering Jansson, who was unwittingly integrated with Marcus Tavernier. It was an awkward phase throughout, worthy of summing up the paltry price of the day – but certainly not a cry for a penalty from Cherries given that Lerma knocked down Jansson.

Toney threw a half volley high and wide, then saw a nice free kick deflected off the wall.

Brentford survived a final onslaught from Bournemouth, Jensen enjoying his chance as the ball slammed into his arm, before the final whistle ended a tasteless affair.


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