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Everton's Kevin Mirallas misses from the penalty spot

Everton's Kevin Mirallas misses from the penalty spot

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Everton's Kevin Mirallas misses from the penalty spot

'Despicable' is how Gary Neville described Kevin Mirallas' actions on Monday night and I agree.

Mirallas behaved like he was back in the schoolyard. We all remember that guy who wanted all the glory, passed to no one and took his ball home with him when he wanted to finish playing.

It's rare to see a grown man and professional footballer act so selfishly on a football field.

Martinez refused to criticise his player after the game.

Leighton Baines has scored 15 out of 16 penalties in the Premier league and he is Everton's assigned penalty-taker, so most people would be equally confident he would score too. Mirallas wanted the glory and put his team-mates, especially Baines, in a very awkward position.

Martinez said that he took Mirallas off because he was injured, but if that is the case (and I have my doubts), it makes his decision to take the penalty even more galling.

I'd say it was eventful inside the Everton dressing-room at half-time. I hope Mirallas kept his head down and took his punishment because you don't want to get on the wrong side of a certain first-team coach called Duncan Ferguson.

Irish Independent