Mirallas: I expected to see red for Suarez tackle
Everton forward Kevin Mirallas has admitted he expected to be sent off for his challenge on Luis Suarez in Saturday's Merseyside derby.
The Belgian clattered into Suarez knee-high and was booked in the 36th minute of the 3-3 draw at Goodison Park with the Uruguayan left in visible discomfort.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers felt that Mirallas should have been sent off and the Toffees forward admits that he too expected the worst.
"When I made the challenge the first thing I thought was that it was gong to be red card," he told national newspapers.
"I was genuinely going for the ball but I know I caught him on the knee and I said sorry straight away."
Rodgers pulled no punches in his assessment of the challenge after the game, claiming it was the sort of tackle that can 'that can end your career'.
"I thought Mirallas should have been sent off. It would've been interesting if Luis made the challenge," said Rodgers.
"I have seen Kevin for a few years and he looks a real honest player but if you look at it in every way, real time and slow motion, it is a bad challenge.
"He caught him on the back of his knee and that can end your career.
"It was awful jumping in like that and it took Luis 10 or 15 minutes to try to run it off and he (Mirallas) had another one by the (far) touchline where he's jumped up and come down on the back of Luis.
"He (Suarez) is a player who can look after himself on the pitch, he is a strong player, but I just think it was a bad challenge.
"It wouldn't matter if it was on Luis or someone else it was a naughty challenge.
"You don't want to see people getting sent off but if they should be than that's what should happen."
Meanwhile, Everton defender Sylvain Distin insisted the result felt like a loss but that spirits remained high in the camp after a tremendous game.
"There are really mixed feelings. It does feel like a defeat because we conceded in the last minute and we conceded three set-pieces," he said.
"But at the same time we had five one-v-ones against the goalkeeper (Simon Mignolet) who made some amazing saves.
"I think we limited them to two shots from open play which, considering the strikers they have, is pretty good.
"It feels like a loss but the atmosphere in the dressing room was not too down as it was a good game.
"I have played in 10 derby games and this one was the best one, even as a player, because there was a bit of everything: goals, some strong tackles, some yellow cards.
"I think it was as enjoyable for the players as it was for the fans.
"We just have to keep the momentum going. In those kind of games if you tweak one or two things it would've been three points and three points against a team like Liverpool, who are having an amazing season and are well ahead of us financially, would be something amazing.
"We just want to try to be among the top six or seven to the end of the season and we don't want to get dragged away from them so it is still a good result."