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Match-winner Cohen´s tribute to late father

SoccerNews in English Premier League, FA Cup 24 Apr 2011

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Bolton Wanderers midfielder Tamir Cohen paid an emotional tribute to his late father after scoring a late winner against Arsenal on Sunday.

Israel international Cohen came off the bench to make it 2-1 to Bolton in the 90th minute at the Reebok Stadium.

Cohen then removed his playing shirt to reveal a T-shirt carrying an image of his father, a former Liverpool player who died last December after a motorcycle accident.

When the substitute entered the contest, he was more interested in preserving a point than making himself the match-winner.

“I came on to protect the 1-1,” Cohen said.

“I am very happy to score this goal – it’s been a very emotional season for me. I am happy we won and collected another three points.”

“It means a lot to me after this season. But I do my best for the team and for myself.”

On-loan striker Daniel Sturridge, scorer of the first goal, felt the team owed a performance to their supporters following the disappointment of their 5-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat against Stoke City last week.

“We are delighted to come out and work as hard as we can in front of these fantastic fans,” Sturridge said.

“After last week’s result we wanted to come here and show we had the passion.”

“I think a lot of the fans were unhappy with the performance last week, so we just wanted to come out here and work as hard as we could to try to prove to them that last week was just one bad day.”

“We did this for the fans today and that’s the main thing.”

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