Owen Coyle expects Gary Cahill red card to be overturned

 

Bolton manager Owen Coyle is confident the Football Association will overturn the red card shown to Gary Cahill and has hinted that he is unhappy with the performance of referees' chief Mike Riley.

Cahill was given a straight red following a late tackle from behind on Scott Parker in the early stages of Bolton's 3-0 defeat at Tottenham.

Referee Stuart Attwell, famed for giving Reading a 'ghost goal' that never went anywhere near the posts at Watford three years ago, decided that Cahill denied Parker a clear goal-scoring opportunity despite the fact that the defender hauled down the 31-year-old 40 yards from goal when Bolton had plenty of cover.

The Trotters players and management were furious with the red card and chairman Phil Gartside branded the decision an "absolute disgrace".

Coyle, whose team remain 18th following their latest defeat, feels he has strong grounds for a successful appeal against Cahill's suspension.

"I will be appealing the decision as soon as I can. It was baffling, bemusing," he said.

The Bolton boss has seen five of his players sent off so far this season and thinks a number of decisions have gone against him since he took over at the Reebok Stadium in January 2010.

The 45-year-old continued by suggesting that Riley, the man who monitors refereeing standards for the Professional Game Match Officials Board, has not taken his remonstrations seriously.

Coyle said: "I spoke to him after we lost to an offside goal in the 94th minute at Liverpool. He said he'd ring me back.

"I rang him after we played at White Hart Lane, Spurs got two penalties and we had the biggest shout when Cahill was brought down, but was booked for diving. I rang him three or four days later after he was supposed to ring me back, so you can draw your own conclusions on that. Mike's obviously in charge of those refs."

When asked if he felt his side were not getting the rub of the green with refereeing decisions because they are not one of the division's top clubs, the Scot replied: "There's a lot of merit in the question."

Gareth Bale had tucked away Luka Modric's corner to put Spurs 1-0 up by the time that Cahill was dismissed, and Tottenham took control, adding goals from Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe to seal the win.

Only an excellent performance from Jussi Jaaskelainen stopped the game turning into a rout, which would have piled even more pressure on Coyle.

Despite having registered nine points from their opening 14 games, the Bolton boss is not worried that he is losing the confidence of Gartside.

"From day one I've had a fantastic relationship with the chairman and the owner," Coyle said.

"They know what I am capable of doing and they know what the team is capable of doing."

Unlike Bolton, Spurs are full of confidence after dropping just two points in their last 11 matches.

Their form has left manager Harry Redknapp admitting his current crop is probably the best he has worked with in his 28-year management career.

"It's my best, a good team. I've got good players...Modric is fantastic, Scott Parker - what a good player he has been for us," he said.

Such was the impressive nature of Tottenham's 3-1 win over West Brom last week that Redknapp felt compelled to leave out leading scorer Rafael van der Vaart against Bolton and stick instead with Defoe up front alongside Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Spurs boss insists that the Dutchman, who has been struggling with a hamstring niggle all season, understood why he started the game on the bench.

"He's disappointed, obviously, but he took it okay," Redknapp said.

"It was a hard decision. I just felt the little man (Defoe) is on fire so I stuck with him.

"I like Rafa, he's a great player, a good pro, but he keeps getting hamstrings.

"You've just got to be careful he doesn't tear it and we lose him for six weeks."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific