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Smith slams McClean after wild challenge

By Staff Reporter

Published 21/12/2015

Adam Smith lies on the ground while his Bournemouth teammate Simon Francis argues with James McClean
Adam Smith lies on the ground while his Bournemouth teammate Simon Francis argues with James McClean

Bournemouth's Adam Smith has hit out at James McClean after claiming the West Brom man could have broken his leg.

The Baggies midfielder was sent off in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to the Cherries after a wild swipe at Smith.

The pair had clashed just 10 seconds earlier with McClean angry he did not get a first-half free-kick following a 50-50 challenge between them, and Smith told BBC's Match of the Day programme: "He could have broken my leg."

Smith, who scored Bournemouth's first goal, said: "Personally I thought it was a very dangerous challenge.

"I could see out of the corner of my eye that he was sprinting towards me so I knocked the ball and as I knocked the ball I jumped because I knew he was going to come for me. It was lucky I did because if my leg was standing I could have been hurt. I don't know but he could have done a lot of damage.

"It was right in my shin and it was hard as well but luckily I jumped out of the way.

"I don't really know what happened before. Maybe he thought I fouled him, I don't really know."

Charlie Daniels netted a late penalty to win it after Gareth McAuley levelled, with the Cherries recording a third straight victory after also beating Chelsea and Manchester United.

Smith said: "Teams are going to be a bit more wary of us now because we've shown what we can do. But that doesn't affect us. We're going to keep playing the way we are and get as many wins as possible."

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