Nigel Reo-Coker was left fuming after Liverpool’s Craig Bellamy reignited an old feud between the pair that dates back to 2007, with the Bolton skipper declaring: ‘I’ve got no respect for him’
Reo-Coker and Bellamy had to be pulled apart at half time during Bolton’s 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday, with Zat Knight acting as peacemaker after his Trotters team-mate continued his feud with the Welshman in the tunnel.
It was Reo-Coker who had the last laugh though, as his goal plus efforts from Mark Davies and Gretar Steinsson helped the Trotters secure the three points they needed to move out of the relegation zone.
However, the 27-year-old was left with a bitter taste in his mouth after his spat with Bellamy, but insisted he cared little for the former Cardiff City forward's opinions and instead wanted to focus on Bolton’s victory.
"Craig Bellamy is going to be Craig Bellamy and I've got no respect for him," Reo-Coker said.
"He can do whatever he wants to do but I don't give a damn about him. It is football. I'm from the old school; I'm not a bully or someone who runs my mouth so to speak. I get on with football but if someone brings it to me I'll handle it.
"But I'm not concentrating on him, he is not a big factor in this. It is all about the team and the team performance and I thought we were fantastic.
"There was no neutral who watched the game who could say we didn't deserve that win." He added.
The victory was a welcome boost for Bolton, who have become deeply embroiled in the relegation dogfight this season, while Liverpool’s chances of a top four finish were heavily dented by their third consecutive Premier League game without a win.
The Reds now sit in 7th place, six points off Chelsea who occupy the 4th and last Champions League qualification spot, but were lucky not to lose too much ground after only two of the top six recorded victories over the weekend.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was let fuming after the defeat, and issued a stark warning to his players after accusing them of failing to concentrate on the game at the Reebok Stadium.
“If they thought they could just turn up and get a result and not match the opposition for effort and commitment then they got a lesson today. If that was what the problem was, if they thought this game was not as important as the next one, then fine - but they won’t be here (next season)," the Scot told reporters after the game.