James McClean challenge could have broken my leg, says Adam Smith

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James McClean challenge could have broken my leg, says Adam Smith

Bournemouth’s Adam Smith has hit out at Republic of Ireland international James McClean after claiming the West Brom man could have broken his leg.

The Baggies midfielder was sent off in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to the Cherries after a wild swipe at Smith.

The pair had clashed just 10 seconds earlier with McClean angry he did not get a first-half free-kick following a 50-50 challenge between them, and Smith said: “He could have broken my leg.”

Smith, who scored Bournemouth’s first goal, added: “Personally I thought it was a very dangerous challenge.

“I could see out of the corner of my eye that he was sprinting towards me so I knocked the ball and as I knocked the ball I jumped because I knew he was going to come for me.

“It was lucky I did because if my leg was standing I could have been hurt. I don’t know but he could have done a lot of damage.

“It was right in my shin and it was hard as well but luckily I jumped out of the way.

“I don’t really know what happened before. Maybe he thought I fouled him, I don’t really know. It was a 50-50 and maybe I caught him, I don’t know.”

Charlie Daniels netted a late penalty to win it after Gareth McAuley levelled, with the Cherries recording a third straight victory after also beating Chelsea and Manchester United.

Elsewhere, substitute Lee Chung-Yong’s brilliant 88th-minute winner earned Crystal Palace their fifth away victory of the season in a 2-1 triumph over Stoke.

The Eagles took the lead in first-half stoppage-time through a penalty from Connor Wickham, his first goal for the club, after Glenn Whelan had clattered into the back of Wilfried Zaha’s leg.

Despite three fine saves from Wayne Hennessey, the Potters levelled from the spot themselves when Bojan Krkic converted after referee Robert Madley deemed Damien Delaney had handled inside the area.

Alan Pardew’s men would find a late winner, though, as Lee rifled a measured first-time effort into the far corner of Jack Butland’s net from a semi-cleared corner.

In yesterday’s action, Swansea failed to escape the Premier League relegation zone as they were held to a goalless draw by West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

Chairman Huw Jenkins had spent part of the week in South America trying to find a managerial successor to Garry Monk, with former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa understood to be top of his list.

And, for all caretaker manager Alan Curtis’ experience in the game, the appointment remains a pressing issue as Swansea have now only won once in 13 games and find themselves in real danger at the foot of the table.

Despite dominating for long periods, Swansea failed to put away injury-depleted opponents who have failed to win in seven games since beating Chelsea at the end of October to go third in the table.

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