Moyes angry with referee in Everton draw

Everton manager David Moyes has criticized the level of performance of referee Michael Oliver following his side’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Speaking to the BBC after the game, Moyes was unhappy that Everton were denied a penalty in the second-half, when Mikel Arteta appeared to bring down Steven Pienaar in the box.

We should have had a penalty. The players had to earn everything because we weren’t getting a jot, said Moyes, who had seen Marouane Fellaini’s long range effort cancel out Theo Walcott’s first minute opener as the Toffee’s recorded their sixth draw in eight games. “I thought we played really well against a good Arsenal team and a lot of games are decided by decisions referees make or don’t make. We got nothing tonight.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger however agreed with Oliver, commenting: “Honestly, it didn’t look like a penalty to me at all.

Everton always looked like a threat and we needed good focus and concentration not to concede a second goal,” said Wenger, whose Arsenal side now find themselves 10 points behind league leaders Manchester United.

This game represented a fifth vs. sixth league match up, although both clubs have slipped a place with Tottenham’s win over Liverpool.

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