Cahill - Right decision made

Bolton defender wants to focus on Villa game after winning appeal

Gary Cahill: Bolton defender would have been amazed if his red card at Spurs hadn't been overturned

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Gary Cahill admits he would have been 'amazed' if his red card against Tottenham Hotspur had not been rescinded, but the Bolton Wanderers defender holds no grudge against referee Stuart Atwell.

The centre-half was dismissed during the first half of Bolton's 3-0 defeat at White Hart Lane last weekend for bringing down Scott Parker near the halfway line.

Atwell sent Cahill off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, but Bolton appealed the decision and the England international is free to face his former club Aston Villa on Saturday.

Cahill believes the right decision has been made in overturning the ban and is keen to put the incident behind him ahead of the visit of Villa.

"(The FA) They want to stick by referees but I would have been absolutely amazed if it wasn't overturned," Cahill told the club's official website.

Baffled

"They want to stick by referees but I would have been absolutely amazed if it wasn't overturned."

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He added: "I think without a shadow of a doubt it was the right decision to overturn the red card.

"I'm sure everyone in the stadium was baffled when it happened because I was.

"It was just after the halfway line, close to the touchline, yet he said he sent me off for a goalscoring opportunity so that was amazing. He still had 45 yards to run with the ball.

"The right decision was made and I'm available for selection tomorrow.

"Stuart gave me the time of day to explain his decision at half-time which was nice, but there's no defending it."

He continued in the Bolton News: "It's well documented that the decision was the wrong one, but I really like Stuart as a person.

"First off, it was a bad decision of mine to take the ball back inside, but having done that I took the decision to take the yellow card.

"I was amazed to get sent off but it was a mistake and everyone makes them. It has been rectified now, so I can play against Villa on Saturday, so we can all move on."