Coyle Calls For Rule Change After Penalty
Sunday, 11th Jan 2009 08:52
Burnley manager Owen Coyle has called for a rule change after his men lost at home to the Swans
Coyle citied the sending off that gave Swansea City the lead ten minutes before the interval as a massive moment and believes that there should be a change in the rules that effectively double punishes the defending team.
Speaking to the Burnley official site, Coyle said "The penalty decision was a big moment in the game.
"We never started well and I don't want to hide behind that. But we looked as though we had seen their early threat off and whether it's a penalty or not, I'm not sure.
"Michael looks as though he has his hands around his (Scotland's) waist to begin with, but when he has made the eventual challenge it's clear his hands are away from him.
"I think it's just the ruling. Having been punished for the penalty you are then down to ten men as well and I really think that is an injustice and something that needs to be looked at.
"It's certainly a hard one to take and it certainly doesn't help us because players are missing again from a disciplinary point of view.
"It's all so innocuous. If people are going about smacking folk and elbowing, then you can take it.
"But the ruling is in place and we have suffered severely from it.
"Maybe it's a case that if somebody goes through, we let them and leave Brian Jensen to deal with it and have 11 men still on the park!
"For the majority of the second half I felt we were in the game.
"Swansea were limited to a few shots from outside the box, which they were going to get anyway because they are a very good side with 11, never mind against 10.
"We created a few half chances and if we'd just had that bit of luck that deserted us, we could have got something out of the game.
"But we didn't and as I have said before, if the players want to feel sorry for themselves, then they are no good to me.
"We have probably played more games than any other team in British football, but we don't want anybody hiding behind that.
"I have Graham Alexander out there at 37, who I know I can hang my hat on every week.
"It's far too easy to look for excuses. The bottom line is we have not had enough players in the past few games playing to the standards set previously.
"They have to look at themselves to resurrect that.
"The nature of football means you are always going to get that smack and the sooner you get back up again the better and that starts on Tuesday against QPR.
"There's no doubt we can bounce back, so it's time to look for the characters with the mental strength to come through and we need that sooner, rather than later."
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