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Paul Clement unhappy with referee after Swansea are held by Bournemouth

Paul Clement felt referee Stuart Attwell cost his Swansea side victory against Bournemouth.

Swansea ended a run of four successive Premier League defeats with a 0-0 home draw against the Cherries, but Clement felt Wilfried Bony's disallowed strike on the stroke of half-time should have stood.

Bony smashed home a loose ball off the underside of the crossbar, but Attwell adjudged that Jordan Ayew had pushed over Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake just moments before.

"I thought at the time it was a soft foul to give, if that was between the two boxes the game would have carried on," Swansea head coach Clement said.

"I told the referee that at half-time it was a soft decision, I've since looked back at it on video and I stand by that.

"Jordan and Ake are fighting for the position. I saw them come together and Ake fall over.

"I think Jordan was too strong for him and outmuscled him.

"But then I thought the referee had a really poor game and wasn't up to speed."

Clement's position has come under intense scrutiny with Swansea dropping into the relegation zone.

But Swansea were the better side against disappointing visitors and substitute Leroy Fer missed a sitter seven minutes from time.

"I was pleased with our spirit, energy and enthusiasm," Clement said.

"I saw a team fighting, a team committed and a team giving everything to get the result.

"Some of our football was really positive as well, especially after the break, and the only thing we were missing was that finish.

"There will be other games where we don't play as well as that and win.

"The players are battling and fighting for this club and if we continue to build on that level we are going to get out of trouble, no question about it."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe disputed Clement's view on the disallowed goal, insisting that Ake was bundled over in the six-yard box.

"I had a good view of it and Nathan was pushed before the goal was scored," Howe said.

"The referee blew before the lad struck the ball, which is a good sign that he had made a clear decision. It was a foul."

On Bournemouth's performance, Howe added: "We're very disappointed. We never truly got going and showed a true representation of our ability.

" I know we can play a lot better, but any point away from home has to be respected.

"We dug in well when we weren't playing well and made sure we didn't lose the game, which hasn't always been the case in the Premier League."

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