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Clattenburg decisions irk Coyle

Bolton manager Owen Coyle bemoaned a lack of "consistency" from referee Mark Clattenburg after seeing his 10 men lose 3-1 at Swansea.

After a goalless first half the game turned in Swansea' s favour when Bolton left-back Ricardo Gardner was given a second booking after tugging back Swansea winger Nathan Dyer. Joe Allen gave the Welsh club a 49th-minute lead from the resulting free-kick and Scott Sinclair scored from the spot before Swans striker Danny Graham scored at both ends.

Coyle said: "I think the second yellow card, in fairness, Ricardo Gardner has tugged Dyer back. I think we all accept that normally results in a yellow card. The first one I wasn't sure about in terms that it was such an innocuous foul. I think it was the first yellow card awarded in the game."

He added: "I think there might have been a couple of challenges where the referee felt he let them go, but that was the first free-kick against him so maybe the referee thought it was persistent fouling, I don't know.

"It felt like two soft yellow cards, but that's the nature of the game now. But having said that, (Neil) Taylor in the first half clearly pulled Mark Davies back and it went unpunished. I think ultimately we want a bit of consistency in the game.

"(At the ) end of the day, it's not for me to sit here and get myself into trouble but there's enough good judges of the game who can make up their own minds as to what transpired."

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers understandably cut a more contented figure after seeing his side extend their unbeaten home record and banish the memories of last weekend's disappointment at Molineux.

The Swans had let a 2-0 lead slip against Wolves as they were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw, and when Graham's own goal, the first they had conceded on home turf this term, brought Bolton back into the game a repeat looked possible. But the Welsh club showed they had learned their lesson and Rodgers was delighted.

"That was a terrific performance against an established side, but the most impressive thing was how we managed the pressure," he said. "We spoke in the week that in every game you will have moments, no matter how comfortable you are, where you have to manage the game.

"Last week we failed to do it and drew 2-2, but this week when Danny scored the own-goal to put them to 2-1 you then saw the difference in the team. We opened up the spaces, passed the ball and hid the ball from the opponents for five or 10 minutes and that's something we had talked about that in the week, different ways to manage the pressure."

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