Coyle fury over Cahill decision

BY foxsports • February 6, 2011

Bolton manager Owen Coyle pointed the finger at referee Mark Clattenburg after his side were beaten 2-1 by Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham were awarded two penalties within 60 seconds at the start of the first half.

Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart scored the first but put his second spot-kick wide after being ordered to retake it because players had encroached into the area.

While Bolton equalised in the second half through on-loan striker Daniel Sturridge before a spectacular injury-time winner from Niko Kranjcar, it was the referee's refusal to award Bolton a penalty when Gary Cahill went down under a challenge from Steven Pienaar which incensed Coyle.

Clattenburg instead booked Cahill for diving and Coyle said: "It was a wonderful game, two teams going all out to win but we feel very disappointed to be leaving with absolutely nothing.

"It was a stonewall penalty. The lad's left his leg out, Gary's tried to step over him to get his shot away.

"To compound that and to book Gary Cahill for simulating which, let's not beat about the bush, what he is saying is that Gary Cahill was cheating in trying to gain an advantage of a penalty, that's one thing that lad would never do.

"It was one each at the time. In the second half we were terrific and scored a good equaliser and at one each we were well placed to go on and win the game. But for that not to be given. There was also a challenge on Lee Chung-yong when he stepped on the park, we could be here all day."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp appeared to have some sympathy with Coyle.

Redknapp said: "From where I was sat I thought the ref had given a penalty. It might well have been a penalty. If it was a penalty we've got away with it."

Redknapp, however, was more interested in saluting Kranjcar after for his spectacular 25-yard winner.

He revealed German club Werder Bremen had made an £8million bid for Kranjcar in the transfer window last month.

Spurs turned it down despite Kranjcar, who came on after 77 minutes for Wilson Palacios, struggling to break his way into Redknapp's team.

Redknapp said: "He didn't want to move and I didn't want to push him out. Last year he was one of the players of the season. He trains hard, he has a great attitude, he doesn't spit his dummy out when he is not in the side and you need good people. He trains every day of his life as if his life depends on it.

"It's hard for him. We've got Gareth Bale and Lennon and Luka Modric and it's difficult to guarantee him a regular place."

Redknapp's one concern was a calf injury which saw Van der Vaart replaced at half-time by Pienaar.

Van der Vaart will miss Holland's international in midweek but Redknapp is hopeful he will be fit for the Champions league match against AC Milan the week after next.

Redknapp believed Tottenham should have wrapped up the match in the first half after being give those two penalties.

Van der Vaart dispatched the first with aplomb but seemed to be affected by the decision to retake the second and pushed it wide.

Redknapp said: "It was an amazing start. If we had converted the second penalty it would have made life easier. How many times do you see a penalty retaken? You would retake every penalty if you looked at that too carefully.

"But Bolton never gave up and both sides played a very open game. They could have finished us off. It took great ability from Niko to finish the game."

Coyle added: "It's hard to take when you come to Tottenham and go toe to toe with them and show real quality and for those players to leave with nothing after the quality they've offered is disappointing."

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