Tuesday 22 May 2018

Martinez fumes over penalty call

Swansea 0 Everton 0

Andre Ayew of Swansea City and Brendan Galloway of Everton compete for the ball
Andre Ayew of Swansea City and Brendan Galloway of Everton compete for the ball
Everton's Phil Jagielka does a bicycle kick

Phil Blanche

Roberto Martinez felt Everton should have been awarded a late penalty in their stalemate at Swansea. An entertaining encounter failed to produce a goal despite both sides creating some clear-cut openings, but it looked as if Everton would have the opportunity to break the deadlock after 85 minutes when Ashley Williams challenged Steven Naismith.

Williams appeared to make contact with Naismith rather than the ball but referee Stuart Attwell gave a goal-kick rather than a penalty. "I've watched it back and it looks a penalty but it's one of those awkward incidents where the ball goes out of play and it's not much of a decision for the referee," said Everton manager Martinez. It's a clear-cut penalty but I can understand why the referee didn't give it."

Swansea ended up playing against 10 men for the fourth time in six league games this season when Everton substitute Kevin Mirallas, who had been on the pitch for less than two minutes, received a straight red card.

Attwell felt the Belgian's studs-up challenge on Swansea substitute Modou Barrow was dangerous and Everton had to handle the final moments of stoppage-time with 10 men.

Swansea boss Gary Monk felt his side showed the right response after losing their first game of the season at Watford the previous weekend. "We showed if you can't win a game you then at least don't lose it," Monk said.

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