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The moment Tamir Cohen had waited for since December finally arrived on Sunday when he scored the winner in Bolton’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Reebok Stadium and revealed a t-shirt bearing a picture of his father Avi, the former Israel international and Liverpool player who died after a motorbike accident four months ago.
“I have worn this t-shirt for every match, hoping that this moment would arrive,” said Cohen, who scored his first league goal of the season in the 90th minute of Sunday’s match, less than six minutes after coming on as a substitute. “I can’t remember what was going through my head, but I had been thinking of this scenario for a long time.”
Cohen was only making his fourth Premier League appearance of a frustrating season on Sunday.
“It was very emotional. Tamir’s had such a difficult year because he had
an operation in the summer and when he came back in pre-season he was
slightly behind the lads in terms of fitness,” Bolton manager Owen Coyle
said. “By the time he was up and running the lads were flying and he
had to be very patient. And then when he was on the brink of coming back
his father passed away.
“Tamir has had a huge burden of responsibility as the leader of the
household. His father was such a big name in his country. But he’s
trained every day and for him to get that winner, I’m delighted.”
Cohen’s tribute earned him a booking from referee Mike Jones, but Coyle said he understood the decision.
“Referees are charged with a set of rules and the referee is not to understand the emotion of what happened,” he said.
“What I would say is, if he’s going to score the winner every week, I’ll take a yellow card for Tamir every week.”
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