Moyes fumes over disallowed goal
Published 06/05/2013 | 07:21
Everton manager David Moyes complained that another decision went against his side to deny him a first win at Anfield.
The 220th Merseyside derby ended goalless but the Toffees boss was unhappy Sylvain Distin's second-half header was ruled out for a foul on goalkeeper Jose Reina.
A draw extended Everton's winless run in the league at their near-neighbours to 14 years - beyond Moyes' time at the club - but the Scot said that had his side got their fair share of decisions in that time, their results would have been dramatically different. "It was a legitimate goal. The goalkeeper runs into Victor Anichebe and it is a goal," he said.
"The referee said Victor impeded the goalkeeper but the goalkeeper ran into him so it can't possibly be a free-kick. It is not a foul. It is disappointing because it is not easy here.
"You people (the media) are quick to remind me I've not won at Anfield but if you don't get any decisions at Anfield it makes it very difficult to win and that (not getting decisions) is quite a regular occurrence when you come here. If you score a good goal you need to get something going for you."
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had a different view of the incident, insisting referee Michael Oliver was right in his assessment.
"I think when you see it again the referee has good sight of it early," he said. "As the ball has virtually left the corner he has blown up for a foul. I wasn't 100 per cent sure at the time it wasn't for Distin's foul on (Jamie) Carragher or whether it was Anichebe but I think it was Anichebe's initial push.
"It is one of those where if you are the manager you probably see the decision as the correct one. I am sure David will be disappointed the goal did not stand but I thought Michael was very good."
Comparisons were made to the goal Luis Suarez had ruled out when the two sides drew 2-2 earlier in the season, but Rodgers disagreed.
"This was different to our goal at Goodison Park, he (Suarez) was clearly onside when he scored," he added. "If you look at this decision here, the referee has had a clear view of it and before there is any contact with the ball he has already blown. That was probably Everton's best possibility, to score from a set-piece."