Coyle Unhappy With Referee
By Wes Handerley
Updated Monday, 14th May 2012
Stoke City ended Bolton's 11 year stay in the Premier League by drawing 2-2 with the Lancashire outfit. But one person who was not too happy about the situation was Owen Coyle.
Coyle was not happy with the referee Chris Foy for allowing Jonathan Walter’s dubious goal that put them behind after just 13 minutes.
In fairness you would have seen the goalkeeper get a foul from the same situation 99 times out of a hundred, but Foy was happy to let it go.
Coyle was also not pleased about the penalty Stoke were awarded in the 77th minute saying that the Bolton keeper did not deserve to be penalised for bringing down Crouch.
Which of course is Bull.
"It's hard to take," said Coyle. "We had a slow start in the game but I think the events that happened today, and I know people will talk about sour grapes, but how can that first goal be allowed to stand when Adam Bogdan had clearly got the ball in his hands?
"Jonathan Walters is a good player but he sticks his head and his elbow halfway up Adam's arm, I find it incredible. I've been in to see the officials - I've done that a lot this season and I can't say you come out any the wiser.
"But we bounced back, got 2-1 in front, had chances to make it 3-1. Crouch has a great chance and Adam makes a great save, but in the aftermath Crouch has knocked it by Adam and it's actually Crouch who's clambered into Adam.
"I don't think we've come out on top of the decisions, but we've picked ourselves up again. Lee Chung-yong had a good chance to get that third goal and then Tim Ream's header in the last minute, where the keeper's made a great save. And that's the margins in this league. If that goes in, we're still in the Premier League."
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