AFC Bournemouth defender Adam Smith has spoken out about referees following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

As reported by the Bournemouth Echo, Smith believes that the Cherries tend not to get the benefit of the doubt from officials when playing ‘bigger clubs’.

The 27-year-old made his first appearance for two months on Merseyside, having spent time on the sidelines with a knee injury.

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Everton midfielder Andre Gomes was perhaps lucky to see out the entirety of the match, committing a number of fouls after being booked by referee Anthony Taylor.

When asked whether Gomes should have seen red, Smith admitted it would’ve been difficult to do so given the nature of the Everton crowd.

He said:

It’s difficult for refs to send off players when there is a crowd like that. Those decisions go against us quite a lot because we aren’t classed as a big club, so we are kind of used to it. It’s always happened. When bigger clubs play against us, they tend to get more decisions. If there is a sending off (decision to be made) like that, they don’t really do it because we are not a big club, apparently.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe believed the Portuguese international should have seen red for his multiple infringements.

The Cherries will be looking to put this defeat behind them when they host West Ham United on Saturday.