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By ESPN Staff
Jan 3, 2006

Diouf delighted to silence Carragher

El-Hadji Diouf has taunted Jamie Carragher as the war of words between Bolton and Liverpool continued.

The former Anfield misfit accused Carragher of trying to wind him up and said his goal was the perfect response.

Diouf's comments come in the wake of team-mate Kevin Nolan absolving Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard of blame for stamping on his chest during a fiery 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce was outraged and claimed the England midfielder should have been dismissed.

Diouf was also unhappy at the way Liverpool went about the game, especially in Carragher's case.

'Sometimes people don't like me on the pitch but I am a bad loser and I want to win every time,' the Bolton striker told www.bwfc.co.uk.

'The Liverpool match was a big game because we needed to react after Sunderland and Manchester United.

'I have a big character and I don't like it when someone is talking at me.

'I told Carragher to wait because I'm going to score and that's what I did.'

Nolan was quick to support Gerrard and would not back any action taken against him for his challenge.

He avoided punishment during the game, yet the Football Association could take action if referee Mark Clattenburg missed the incident.

'I just think Steven's accidentally stamped on me,' said Nolan.

'His full weight was on his leg so it hurt but it's just one of those things.

'I thought it might have been deliberate at the time because he hurt me. I wanted to have a look at it and I have now and I don't think there was anything in it.

'I don't think anything should happen to him now because it would not be deserved.'

Gerrard was stunned by Allardyce's outburst.

'I'm very surprised he is trying to make an issue of it,' he told Sky Sports.

'It was a complete accident - he fell into me. I am mates with Kevin Nolan. He's a good Scouser so why would I ever try to deliberately hurt him?

'We spoke at the end of the match. I wished him all the best for the rest of the season and the tackle wasn't even mentioned.'

Bolton again punched above their weight to prevent Liverpool equalling a club record of 11 straight league wins.

Allardyce said: 'We have matched Liverpool pound for pound when we have no right to do so. The side out there was a bunch of freebies and cast-offs.

'They have put out a team that cost a lot of money and are European champions.

'We can't compete on the same level when it comes to skill but we can compete when it comes to organisation, discipline and fitness.

'That's why we upset so many bigger managers and bigger teams because they can't cope with how well we do with so little resources.'

REF'S REPORT: Mark Clattenburg had a game to forget and struggled to keep control of a fiery encounter. Should also have awarded Bolton a penalty when Carragher took Nolan's legs from him.