Bolton 0 Fulham 0: Ref Clattenburg never gives me anything, says Davies

08 February 2010 12:23
Bolton manager Owen Coyle suspects that referee Mark Clattenburg allowed his judgment to be clouded by Kevin Davies' reputation when he mysteriously denied the home team a potentially vital late winner.[LNB]Davies goes further, claiming Clattenburg has a personal issue with him. 'Every time he referees us, I don't expect to get anything,' said the angry Bolton striker after this grim stalemate.[LNB] Talking point: Bolton's Kevin Davies (above left) rises above Brede Hangelaand to head home, but the goal was disallowed by referee Mark Clattenburg, leaving Davies clearly disgusted (below)[LNB]Yet it was hard to see - either at the time or in replays - any plausible reason why Clattenburg disallowed an apparently legal goal from Davies.[LNB]The two-handed shove Clattenburg claimed the Bolton striker planted on Fulham centre back Brede Hangeland, prior to thundering a trademark header into the roof of the net, was undetectable.[LNB]Clattenburg's one-man minority view - and he was well placed - left Bolton hovering precariously over the bottom three on a day when they were far the more deserving of two off-key teams.[LNB]Coyle stopped short of a personal attack on Clattenburg but he said: 'I thought the referee was in a great position and sometimes Kevin's reputation goes against him. He's physical but he's honest.[LNB]'It clearly wasn't a free-kick. When you perform well and know that you deserve three points, it's hard to take. The referee saw something that never happened.'[LNB]Davies added: 'I think he (Hangeland) got under the ball and I just outjumped him. He hit the floor and he knew it was a fair goal.[LNB]'When I saw who the referee was I didn't expect to get anything off him. I have always felt there is something personal there.'[LNB]Yet Coyle kept commendably calm both with the media and in his immediate post-match exchange with Clattenburg.[LNB]'He's an approachable guy and if you go ranting and raving you are not getting your point across,' he said.[LNB]The decision prevented Davies from celebrating his 500th League appearance and compounded the frustration he felt moments earlier after setting up Johan Elmander for a chance his co-striker badly missed.[LNB]But it was only in their final flurry that Bolton threatened to break Mark Schwarzer, who made two outstanding saves from Chung-Yong Lee and Mark Davies.Fulham boss Roy Hodgson admitted Fulham rode their luck.[LNB]BOLTON (4-4-1-1): Jaaskelainen 6; Ricketts 6, Knight 6, O'Brien 6 (Basham 65min, 6), Robinson 6; Lee 7, Muamba 6, M. Davies 6 (Elmander 55, 6), Cohen 6; Taylor 6, (Weiss 71, 7); K Davies 7FULHAM (4-4-2): Schwarzer 8; Baird 6, Hughes 7, Hangeland 7, Shorey 7; Duff 5, Murphy 6, Dikgacoi 6 (Etuhu 54, 6), Greening 6; Nevland 5, (Smalling 76, 6), Elm 5(Okaka 76, 6).Man of the match: Schwarzer.Referee: Mark Clattenburg.[LNB] Fulham's Shorey in FIFA probe after playing for third club in one seasonWilshere joins Bolton on loan from Arsenal as Coyle finally gets his boyBOLTON WANDERERS FC

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