Coyle rues late defeat

Boss feels winner was offside but is satisfied with Bolton's efforts

Coyle: Anfield defeat

Coyle: Anfield defeat

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Bolton boss Owen Coyle believes Joe Cole's injury-time winner against his side should have been ruled out for offside.

Cole pounced to poke home from a seemingly offside position but officials ruled the previous touch had come off a Bolton defender as Liverpool grabbed a 2-1 win.

Coyle refused to criticise the decision, merely stating his view on the goal before praising the efforts of his team, who had led at the break through Kevin Davies.

"Joe Cole was standing offside when the goal went in," Coyle told Sky Sports. "It was cruel because we worked really hard.

"I think we can play a lot better than we did but we're disappointed to be leaving with nothing."

The Scot admits his side were second best for much of the first half before taking the lead, which was emphatically cancelled out by a wonderful Fernando Torres volley.

He added: "They dominated for half an hour and then [we got] a lovely finish at the back post, so we settled to try and go out and win the game.

"But then they've scored a wonderful goal, from their point of view, early in the second half and it was a world-class finish from a world-class player."


Coyle took a depleted squad of just 15 players to Anfield due to injuries, internationals and suspensions, while Tamir Cohen was on compassionate leave following the death of his father.

The lack of squad depth could see Bolton dip into the freshly opened transfer market but, asked if that would be the case, Coyle remained tight lipped.

He said: "Time will tell on that, we only had 15 players available today and every one of them gave everything they've got and that's the spirit of this club.

"And that's why it's so cruel on the players to lose a goal so late on. But there's no point feeling sorry for yourselves, you have to do something about it and that's what we're going to do."