Aleksandar Mitrovic salvages frantic draw for Fulham against Bournemouth

Gary O’Neil was left raging at what he called the “terrible decision” to award Aleksandar Mitrovic a second-half penalty, from which he scored a gamechanging equaliser, as Fulham twice came from behind to secure a draw.

The 28-year-old scored from the spot – his first goal for the club since early September – to take his tally for the season to seven and earn his side a deserved point.

Bournemouth had taken the lead through Dominic Solanke with the first attack of the game before Issa Diop levelled for Fulham.

The visitors retook the lead in the first half via Jefferson Lerma as the hosts struggled to contain Fulham’s counterattacking threat.

However, the Bournemouth caretaker manager disagreed with Graham Scott’s on-field decision to award the spot kick for a foul by Lerma. “It’s a terrible decision. Terrible decision,” O’Neil said.

“Jefferson Lerma and Mitrovic had their arms around each other. For someone to get your arms around you, I have no idea what would make you fall backwards.

“So for me, it’s obvious that Mitrovic has initiated the fall and pulled Jefferson Lerma on top of him. I can’t understand how you would fall backwards if someone is holding you, it doesn’t make any sense.

“Does Jefferson Lerma have his arms around him? Yes. Does Mitrovic have his arms around Jeff? Yes. No one will ever convince me otherwise – it’s a foul on Jefferson Lerma.”

For Silva, the penalty was a sign of consistency after a similar decision went against his side during their 3-1 defeat at West Ham last Sunday. “I understand what Gary is saying,” the Fulham manager said.

“All of us as managers want to see some consistency in the decisions and what for me is clear is that everyone last week said it was a penalty.

“I heard David Moyes saying it was a clear, clear penalty [for Andreas Pereira’s foul on Craig Dawson] and if that one is a penalty then, consistently, this penalty also has to be one 100%.”

After Mitrovic’s equaliser, Fulham continued to push for the winner and finished with 18 shots and 68% possession. The draw ended a run of two consecutive defeats, but Silva was left to bemoan missed opportunities.

“Two [points] lost,” he said. “It’s tough to play against nine players around their box plus the goalkeeper. We equalised the game and then, of course, playing so many times around their box with different decisions and [with] the last pass, last finish and last delivery as well, I think we can score even more goals.

“It was something that our players definitely deserved with the fight, with the character that they showed, but it is one point and we have to keep going.”