Bournemouth’s American owner Bill Foley jetted in to see Andoni Iraola record his first league win for the club at the 10th time of asking to move out of the relegation zone at the expense of Burnley.
With Bournemouth supporters becoming increasingly uneasy, victory over Vincent Kompany’s strugglers will at the very least buy Iraola some time.
“It’s been a good week because we felt him [Foley] very close. The players have been talking to him. It’s very important to win for him,” Iraola said. “I’m relieved because it was a needed victory for us. I think we really deserved to win today.
“Both goals were after spells of very high press and hard work from the players. We have to build on this.”
Kompany, whose side sit second bottom, was this week facing questions about his own future. His club have now lost eight of their first 10 games in the Premier League. After the game, the Belgian expressed his disappointment with the use of Var in the game.
He referred to two incidents, a long Var review which upheld the on-field decision to disallow Jay Rodriguez’s late goal and the decision not to review what Kompany felt was a certain handball from Bournemouth’s Chris Mepham.
“Game’s get decided on a knife-edge and in the last moment we don’t take time to review the handball when the players call for it,” Kompany said. “It’s the hand that brings the ball down. There’s no check, there’s no delay for the restart and we lose the game.
“For the first time in my career since I’ve been a manager, I’ve politely and calmly asked for a word of explanation from the officials. They seemed surprised that we wanted this to go to Var which means that no one in Var told them there was anything worth reviewing and it’s absolutely blatant.”