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Cherries: Daniels hits back over Moore's 'assassin' jibe
Cherries defender Charlie Daniels has hit back after being labelled “an assassin” by Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore.
Moore was upset with some of the treatment meted out to Rovers winger Abdulai Bell-Baggie during Cherries’ 3-1 win over the Wirralsiders on Saturday.
The 20-year-old was the subject of a number of challenges from Cherries players, with Moore singling out Daniels by claiming the left-back had “got away with murder”.
Moore also said Cherries midfielder Harry Arter should have been sent off rather than just booked for a first-half foul on Bell-Baggie.
Arter, Marc Pugh and Joe Partington were all cautioned for late tackles on Bell-Baggie, while Daniels received a yellow card for time-wasting in the closing stages. Simon Francis was also booked.
Daniels, who will miss Cherries’ trip to Notts County tomorrow after collecting his fifth booking of the season, told the Daily Echo: “It is the way we play. If he is a danger, you have got to try to stop him. In some ways, that is a compliment to him.
“He was the man I was up against and my job was to try to stop him getting in crosses and shots and I felt I did that.
“I didn’t concede one foul in the first half. I gave away a free-kick in the second half when he was running at me. I took him out because he would have been on goal if he had got past me.”
Asked about his booking, which came after Daniels had tried to delay the taking of a free-kick, he added: “I tried something and it didn’t come off. It had been coming anyway and it was just unfortunate.”
Moore was also critical of referee David Phillips and described as “astounding” some of his decisions. He felt Rovers had been hard done by to concede the free-kick which resulted in Pugh levelling for Cherries and also thought Arter should have been penalised for handball before he netted the second.
Responding to Moore’s observations, Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: “The free-kick could have gone either way and I could probably understand his frustrations with that one. Without seeing it again, I don’t know about the handball. I would say Harry took it down well and it was a fantastic finish.”
And asked for his thoughts on Moore’s comments about Bell-Baggie, Howe replied: “When you have got a skilful and quick player, it is the nature of the business and you are going to be on the receiving end of a few late tackles.”
Steve Cook, Stephane Zubar and Jon Meades could all be in contention to replace Daniels when he serves an automatic one-match ban against the Magpies at Meadow Lane.