Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ref woe for Coyle


Phil Medlicott

Bolton boss Owen Coyle was adamant that the goal that denied his side victory at West Brom yesterday should have been disallowed.

Having fallen behind to Johan Elmander's strike midway through the second half, Albion equalised when Peter Odemwingie flighted a cross for James Morrison, who headed home with 12 minutes of normal time remaining.

Coyle described the 1-1 draw as a "terrific advert for the Premier League" but felt that Odemwingie had been in an offside position when he received the ball before sending it in for Morrison.

"The disappointment for me is that with the goal they scored, Odemwingie is clearly offside," Coyle said. "Whether the assistant referee felt that another player with him was going to pick the ball up, I don't know.

"But he has allowed play to go, Odemwingie picked the ball up and although he showed tremendous quality in sending a pinpoint cross in, we paid a heavy price for a decision that should have been stopped at source.

"I think he (match official Peter Walton) is a good referee and that decision is not for the ref -- it is for his assistant. We have a very good relationship, so there is no problem at that end."

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