Owen Coyle frustrated as Crystal Palace sneak late penalty past Bolton to snatch victory

By Ross McLean

Owen Coyle was left frustrated after Bolton Wanderers slipped to a narrow home defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday, failing to build on the success at Sheffield Wednesday.

Zat Knight sent Wilfried Zaha tumbling in the 80th minute and Glenn Murray stepped up to score the game’s only goal.

And Coyle felt the Trotters were on the receiving end of some harsh decisions by the match officials.

“It’s frustrating, obviously, with the decisions that led to us losing the game,” Coyle told the club’s official website.

“We’ve had a clear penalty not given in the first half – Mark Davies arrived in the box and it hit a player on the hands. I actually thought it was Speroni, given the way he had his arms above his head.

“It wasn’t given and then in the second half we had a soft penalty awarded against us. Zaha went driving into the box, Zat Knight goes to step across and the lad’s legs have hit Zat.”

There is little time for Coyle and his players to dwell on this defeat as Bolton play host to Leeds United tomorrow evening.

Neil Warnock’s men have won their last three games in all competitions, including Saturday’s win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

“The worst we should have come out of that game is 0-0, so it’s frustrating, especially after going away from home last week and giving ourselves a platform going into two home games.” continued Coyle.

“We will deal with today’s disappointment and get ourselves back in tomorrow morning to get ourselves ready for Leeds, where we have to stand up and be counted against a very good side.”

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