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Coleman furious with Wolves winner

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Wolves manager Mick McCarthy hailed his side's 2-1 win over Coventry as their best of the season, but opposite number Chris Coleman was left seething at the way the Coca-Cola Championship encounter was settled.

Michael Mifsud opened the scoring for the Sky Blues after just six minutes, but Michael Kightly levelled matters just before the interval. Wolves came out a different side after the restart and it was Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's 58th-minute winner that caused all the controversy after the final whistle.

"The referee is saying the momentum takes Ebanks-Blake off the pitch so when he re-enters he is not offside. If he is offside then he is offside - end of story," said Coleman.

"He comes on behind our defender and nods the ball in the back of the net. If he comes back onto the pitch then he has surely got to come back on in an onside position.

"I don't know where that rule came from, apparently that's the rule and the referee is sticking to it. We're disappointed with that.

"I'm not saying the referee has got it wrong, I'm saying whoever made the rule up has got it wrong. That's a ridiculous rule.''

McCarthy understandably had a different view of the winning goal and hailed his side for the way they battled to victory to end a two-match winless streak and move back to the top of the Championship.

"Sylvan actually ran off the pitch and you're not offside if you fall off. You're not seeking to gain an advantage by staying off the pitch, if that's the rule then he's not offside," said the Wolves boss.

"But maybe we had a bit of good fortune with that."

He continued: "That's our best win, that's a tough win against a tough side. We had to win and we've done it."

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Michael Mifsud
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Wolverhampton Wanderers
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