David Moyes blames referee for Evertonís stalemate with Arsenal
David Moyes and Co. were left moaning about a possible victory at Goodison Park following a 1-1 draw to Arsenal on Wednesday night. Everton manager David Moyes claimed his men were denied a well-deserved victory by referee Mike Jones, who refused to award his side a penalty.
Arsenal kept the lion’s share of ball possession against Everton, yet it were the Toffees who were more impressive in the night. Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar went in the box from a challenge from former teammate Mikel Arteta in the second half of the game. David Moyes insisted referee Mike Jones’ decision was flawed.
“It was a penalty. We played Arsenal today, who are a really good team, but we also had very few decisions go for us,” David Moyes said.
“Sometimes referee's decisions change the games: in some games something might go in your favour but we were never going to get that tonight. We got nothing whatsoever and anything we were going to get we had to earn on our own because we were not going to get a jot.
“There was an incident when the ball got chipped into the box later on and he gave a push on Fellaini. I've had a chance to see it and it was never anything like it. I found that one as mystifying as any really.
“We found it a difficult night from that point if view but the players played really well throughout.”
Everton’s miseries piled after the game. David Moyes informed that Everton might lose the services of their coveted left back Leighton Baines for the weekend trip to Manchester City. The England international, who was handed in a superb performance, played through the game with a hamstring injury.
“He felt it in the game and played on in the last 10 or 15 minutes. I felt we out in a lot of energy tonight but it might take its toll,” David Moyes said.
“We've got Gibbo (Darron Gibson) and Hibbo (Tony Hibbert) back and that has eased it a little bit but I am worried about Nikica Jelavic (ill) who has not trained since Saturday and yesterday I was not playing him.”
Everton are now sixth on the Premier League table, just a point below West Bromwich Albion and a point above Arsenal.