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Chris: Key calls went against us

Posted on 2 February 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Chris Hughton felt key decisions went against us in Tuesday night's loss against Bolton.

The first and most crucial was the award of a penalty to the home side just a couple of minutes into the second half with Erik Edman adjudged to have handled inside the area.

That led to El Hadji Diouf opening the scoring from the spot.

Just five minutes later and we were denied a penalty when Bolton's defensive wall blocked Fredi Kanoute's free-kick.

The lads near to the incident were convinced it should have been a penalty and referee Mike Dean ended up booking both Fredi and Ledley King for their protests.

Jermain Defoe came off the bench to equalise after 68 minutes but 60 seconds later Fredi was sent off for a second bookable offence.

There were few chances after that until Bolton netted twice in the final minutes to secure a 3-1 win.

Coach Chris said afterwards: "You always know in coming to a place like this that it will be a difficult game, you will be up against a few aerial battles and there is going to be some pushing and shoving.

"I didn't see the first incident myself but I've spoken to numerous people who did and they all thought it was an incredibly harsh decision considering the type of game this was.

"The penalty shouldn't have been given and if any of our lads were aggrieved then rightly so.

"There's always going to be contact. We thought it was ball to hand and that Erik had certainly been impeded before that.

"Soon after we had our own claim for handball at the other end, but we ended up getting two bookings from that incident.

"These are two lads that rarely get booked, so that says how strong they felt.

"When Jermain scored we were happy to be back in the game because we're realistic enough to know that a draw here is a good result.

"We also knew we would have opportunities and we did that even with 10 men, we broke and if the final ball had been better we might have scored.

"But, of course, once we were down to 10 men we would have settled for a draw."