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Eddie Howe praises referee Jon Moss for admitting mistake

Eddie Howe has heaped praise on referee Jon Moss after he admitted he should have awarded Bournemouth a penalty in their draw against Southampton last weekend.

Howe will be without midfielder Adam Smith for his side's trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday after Moss dealt him his fifth yellow card of the campaign for adjudged simulation against the Saints.

But Smith revealed that Moss apologised to him for the booking, and said he should have awarded the Cherries a spot-kick against their south coast rivals instead.

Howe labelled the referee's failure to award his side with a penalty as a "really poor decision", but the Bournemouth manager, speaking ahead of his side's visit to Selhurst Park on Friday, believes Moss should now be applauded for holding his hands up.

"The referee deserves credit for that," Howe said. "I am not going to sit here and criticise him for admitting that he made a mistake

"That is fine and the referee's report agreed that he got the decision wrong, so all you can ask is that people reflect, analyse and try and improve themselves.

"That is what I would say to any of my players who make a mistake, and it is the same with referees.

"I have got no problem with that. The rules are that nothing can be done for Adam or for us with the penalty decision, but that is football and we move on to the next game."

Bournemouth hold a five-point lead over a Palace side who are vastly improved under Roy Hodgson and have moved off the foot of the table following a disastrous start.

But the Cherries, unbeaten in their last three away league matches, will be keen to avoid defeat against the Eagles with fixtures against Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City to follow.

"You have to put those matches out of your mind," Howe, whose side sit 14th, added. "It doesn't do you any good whatsoever to look at things that are in the future.

"We are five points above Palace in the table, but we are not looking at that either.

"We are going to need everybody in this period and there is no doubt about that. When you look at the games that we have got in a short period of time, and also who we are playing, having fresh players will be key for us.

"But can we beat Palace? Can we get our preparation right? And can the players perform? That is all we are focused on."

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