Coyle Backs Calls For Technology

  • March 10, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle insists he remains a big admirer of goal-line technology, despite seeing his Bolton side benefit from a decision in their 2-1 win over QPR.

With the game goalless, Clint Hill appeared to have headed the visitors in front from a Joey Barton corner, only for the referee to signal play-on after deeming the ball hadn't crossed the line.

Television replays immediately showed the error of judgement and Rangers were to suffer as Wanderers claimed the three points courtesy of goals from Darren Pratley and Ivan Klasnic, either side of a Djibril Cisse strike.

Speaking after the game, Coyle admitted he is still keen to see technology introduced in football and believes the mistake from the officials evened itself out due to Cisse being in an offside position prior to netting Rangers' equaliser.

"No one is a bigger advocate for goal-line technology than myself," Coyle told Sky Sports. "Every time I'm asked I say the same thing.

"It was a wonderful save, although it was over the line, from Adam Bogdan to bring it back out. I can understand how Mark (Hughes) would be frustrated, as I was in the second half when QPR scored an offside goal.

"Mark will say different because he'll say they'd be in front then and it's a different type of game. I can understand that.

"Having said that I thought to take the setback at the start of the second half the way we did, knowing it was clearly offside and then keep ourselves in the game, because QPR have good, good players.

"What was more enjoyable was that with 15 minutes to go, we actually brought on another striker in Ivan Klasnic to win the game. We weren't prepared to sit and take a draw, accepting your substitutions can sometimes go for and against you as the case may be. We know in Ivan Klasnic we've got a proven goalscorer.

"We've had to change our shape in the last couple of months to make sure we're more solid in the middle. We've done that, but with 15 to go we felt it was there to win and so it proved. It's been a great day.

"The important thing was we went and got the three points to move us out of the bottom three. We've been there for a long time, we must now kick on in the last 10 games."

Wanderers had moved up to 16th place following the victory over their relegation rivals, but thanks to Blackburn Rovers' 2-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers later in the afternoon, Coyle's side now occupy 17th position in the Premier League table.

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