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Warnock takes blame for draw

3 October 2012

Neil Warnock shouldered the blame for his Leeds side conceding two set-piece goals to Kevin Davies in a 2-2 draw with Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

Two headers from the evergreen striker bookended a competitive Roses game, with Leeds having equalised through Sam Byram and gone ahead thanks to Luciano Becchio's penalty in between times.

United were unable to make it four straight wins, though, owing to Davies' aerial supremacy, with Warnock happy to take responsibility.

He gave the job of marking the former Blackburn man to Rodolph Austin, a Jamaica international who has spent his career in Norway and is largely unaware of Davies' battering ram reputation.

"That's my fault, I gave Rudy Kevin Davies and he doesn't know much about him," said Warnock. "I thought we coped with him really well in general play, but he got us on the set-pieces."

While Warnock was more than happy to settle for a point, Bolton manager Owen Coyle tried his best not to be critical of referee Phil Dowd.

He had issues with the award of Leeds' penalty - Matt Mills pushed over Byram - while he felt his side should have had a spot-kick of their own.

"The first one should have been given on Keith (Andrews), when he was totally upended, but it's so obvious. We had a stonewall decision," he said.

"And then you get to Leeds'. I'm loathe to call it a soft award because it wasn't even that. Soft doesn't do it merit. But our performance level in the first half was outstanding, in terms of passing and the chances we created.

"Leeds like to play for free-kicks in the final third and we got caught with one just before half-time and we went in feeling aggrieved. Then you had the alleged challenge for the penalty."

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