Big Sam left frustrated

15 February 2007 08:22
Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce was left disappointed after seeing his side knocked out of the FA Cup after a 3-1 fourth round replay defeat at home to Arsenal. The Trotters took the game into extra-time thanks to Abdoulaye Meite's last-minute equaliser, but were then seen off by the Gunners, as well as having Tal Ben Haim sent off. A frustrated Allardyce said: "There were three bookings in the game and somehow Tal has picked up two of them. "I appreciate he might have pulled Julio Baptista back on the second occasion, but there were far worse things that went on in the game than the first one. "You can't just look at isolated incidents, you have to see the whole picture and I am disappointed at the way the referee handled it. "We are just disappointed that we did not pull off a victory. "We weren't overawed and always had the ability to hang in there, even though it was difficult at times. "It was a great effort and commitment from the players and they were brilliant right through to extra-time."

Source: ESA