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

08 Feb 2010 00:23:13

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

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. 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. 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) 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. 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. 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. 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. '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.' 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. '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.' Yet Coyle kept commendably calm both with the media and in his immediate post-match exchange with Clattenburg. 'He's an approachable guy and if you go ranting and raving you are not getting your point across,' he said. 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. 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. 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.  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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