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Decisions, Decisions! - Bolton v Sunderland (20/2/18)

Decisions, Decisions! - Bolton v Sunderland (20/2/18)

Following today's clash between Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Bolton Wanderers hosted Sunderland at the Macron Stadium for an 8pm kick off on Tuesday February 20, with the hosts taking a one nil victory following a Zach Clough effort in the 17th minute of the game.

The win move Bolton Wanderers past fellow Championship strugglers Sunderland as they recorded their first win in four and took 19th place in the table, however things seem to go from bad to worse for Chris Coleman and the Black Cats.



Alnwick, Morais, Beevers, Wheater, Dervite, A Taylor, Ameobi, Karacan (Burke 90), Henry, Clough (Derik 60), Wilbraham (Le Fondre 59).


Flanagan, Robinson, Walker, Howard.


Camp, Kone, O'Shea, Clarke-Salter (Maja 73), Jones (McGeady 63), McNair, Cattermole, Oviedo, Honeyman, Asoro (McManaman 83), Fletcher.


Steele, Williams, Love, Robson.

Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee David Coote blew the final whistle, Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson explained.

'If we have had a bit of fortune with the goal then the people who follow Bolton will say it's long overdue. We said nothing will be decided on this game but with Sunderland below us in the table it is a huge win. We dug really deep and I have got to credit the character of the lads. People expected us to win and that's a different kind of pressure but we handled it well.'

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman in his comparative interview explained.

'We get given a throw-in by the referee but the linesman flags and says it was handball and from the resulting free-kick it is handball by one of their players but the goal is given. You can't blame us for being slightly frustrated with decisions like that. I thought the referee was indecisive all night. He got it drastically wrong on both counts. It was a bizarre decision. I never ever make excuses for my team. If we play badly I will say that but I can't say we deserved to lose that game.'


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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Tuesday February 20 2018
Time: 11:22PM

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