Megson Rues Linesman Decision

  • January 04, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Gary Megson was disappointed with a refereeing decision as Wanderers fell to a 1-0 defeat against Wigan Athletic.

After falling behind to an Amr Zaki penalty, Wanderers were denied an equaliser in the second half when Danny Shittu's header was headed off the line.

Initially, television replays were inconclusive, although later replays have shown the ball did appear to cross the line.

Wigan eventually ran out winners, leaving Megson to question the decision.

"I think anybody who looks at it in a dispassionate way would come up with the same answer - that it was in," Megson told Sky Sports.

"It was difficult to actually give, but the linesman is along the line and Phil Dowd (referee) is ten yards away from it.

"Palacios' body and head is over the line when he makes contact with the ball, so by virtue of that I can't see how it couldn't be given."

Despite that controversial decision, Megson admits the scrappy game was always likely to be decided by a small margin.

"I thought it was going to be a tight game and the way both teams were playing it was looking as if it would be a tight game and it would probably be decided by a set-piece," Megson said.

"We've hit the woodwork twice, we've had a couple of chances, but we didn't play particularly well at all.

"If we'd have won it, we'd have gone on to probably the best position we've been in for 18 months.

"That was a big, big game for us and it's a big blow and we've got to make sure as a football club now that we don't implode."

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