Sunday 25 March 2018

Coleman hands point to Swansea


Seamus Coleman of Everton and Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea battle for the ball
Seamus Coleman of Everton and Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea battle for the ball


GARRY MONK felt Everton striker Arouna Kone was fortunate to escape a red card at the Liberty Stadium yesterday.

Kone left Swansea defender Federico Fernandez writhing on the floor in the first half following an aerial challenge which earned the Ivorian a yellow card from referee Michael Oliver.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said he would have to examine television replays before giving a view, but his former Swansea team-mate Monk said: "I've seen players sent off for less than that. I don't want to see players sent off but I thought it was a hard challenge."

Swansea equalled their best Premier League points tally of 47 as Jonjo Shelvey cancelled out Aaron Lennon's first-half opener after 69 minutes. The spot-kick was awarded when the prostrate Seamus Coleman handled just inside the area and Monk, contradicting Martinez's claim that it was a soft penalty, argued that the Ireland defender was guilty of two offences, a foul on substitute Marvin Emnes as well as handball.

"Coleman is expecting the contact, he doesn't get it which surprises him a little bit, and Marvin nips in front of him," Monk said. "Put that anywhere else on the pitch and it's a foul, so it's a penalty, and the handball makes it two fouls in one."

Martinez insisted referee Oliver should have applied common sense rather than awarding Swansea their point-saving penalty which denied Everton a fourth straight league victory.

"The penalty was a soft moment to drop two points," Martinez said. "Seamus is clear that he feels contact, he gets in front of the striker trying to get there and if you don't press the brakes quick enough you are going to get some contact."

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