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Megson stands up for Styles

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Gary Megson insists he harbours no ill will towards Rob Styles after the referee's controversial decision to award Manchester United a penalty against Bolton at the weekend.

Styles gave a spot-kick with the score locked at 0-0, however replays showed that Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel won the ball from Cristiano Ronaldo who did not even appeal for a foul. United went on to win Saturday's match 2-0.

"We spoke on Monday but I'm not going to go into detail because it's private," Megson told the club's official website. "We had a conversation for about 25 minutes, but one thing I can say is that we agreed that the behaviour of the players was terrific after a huge error."

Styles admitted he had made an error and was handed another Premier League assignment this weekend, in the Tottenham v Hull match.

Megson added: "It's gone now and we can't do anything about it. It was an error and everybody knew it was an error, but these things do have a tendency to even themselves out.

"I think he's a good referee and he made a mistake and everybody does that. He'd be welcome here or indeed if we got him away from home again.

"I don't think any of the Premier League referees should be demoted for making mistakes. I don't see what it would do at all and we have to be a bit more forward looking than that."

And Megson refutes the suggestion that the addition of technology would have a negative impact on the pace of the game.

"One of the things that I do feel would help, and I've mentioned it before, is the aid of technology - it wouldn't slow the game down at all," he added.

"Last season we had a live feed and one with a 15-second delay, so we could see everything we wanted to. I'm sure everyone would want the game to be refereed right rather than to be done five seconds quicker."

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Tottenham Hotspur
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Bolton Wanderers
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Hull City
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