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Thursday 18 September 2014

Moyes bemoans penalty decision

Published 29/11/2012 | 06:29

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David Moyes believed Everton should have been awarded a penalty

Everton manager David Moyes was left to bemoan referee Mike Jones decision not to give them a penalty in the 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal.

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The Toffees had recovered from conceding a goal to Theo Walcott after just 52 seconds with Marouane Fellaini scoring his seventh Barclays Premier League goal of the season and when Steven Pienaar went down under a challenge from Mikel Arteta in the second half Moyes was convinced Jones got it wrong in awarding only a corner.

"It was a penalty. We played Arsenal today, who are a really good team, but we also had very few decisions go for us," he 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."

He added: "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."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was pleased to leave Goodison Park with a point despite his side dominating the last 10 league meetings, winning eight and drawing just two.

"It was a game of big physical intensity, we had a good start and after that I felt Everton came back into it and their direct game was always a threat," he said.

"There are regrets on the goal we conceded but 1-1 is a fair result and it is a good point here. We needed to show great spirit to get away with a point and I am pleased with the effort they put into the game."

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