Ref justice for Cherries

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was unhappy with referee Oliver Langford as a controversial penalty saw his side condemned to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Dagenham.

The Daggers scored the only goal of the match with 39 minutes played, Mark Arber smashing the spot-kick into the top corner after Steve Fletcher was adjudged to have upended Peter Gain in the box.

But Howe was disappointed with the decision made by the 28-year-old official and insisted the penalty should not have been given, saying: "I've only seen it once, but I didn't think it was a penalty. I suppose I'm going to say that, but Fletch is saying there's minimal contact. The ref has given it though and there's nothing we can do about it."

He added: "I thought we did okay in the first half, we knew Dagenham's style of play and how they approached the game here. We wanted to get in 0-0 at half time, but the penalty decision was a big blow."

Victory lifted Dagenham within three points of the play-off places and arrested a run of four consecutive defeats.

Manager John Still felt his side deserved the victory despite the penalty call that left Bournemouth feeling aggrieved.

"I didn't see the penalty, but I'm pretty sure from my own players and they are saying he pulled Peter Gain back," said Still.

"We deserved to win the game though and I'm delighted with the performance. We defended well, our two centre-halves were outstanding, as were both full-backs.

"Our work rate was tremendous as was the pace of our game, it was just how I like it to be."

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