Following a 1-1 draw at Hull City, Everton was to looking to regain confidence with a favorable outcome in their Premier League competition against incumbent title-holder Manchester City.
But Yaya Toure’s penalty kick from a Phil Jagielka foul was the lone separator in the Sky Blues 1-0 conquest over the Toffees.
Plain and simple, Everton boss Roberto Martinez didn’t agree with this controversial decision.
“I think it’s a wrong decision. There is contact, of course there is contact, but it is not contact trying to make a foul. It’s just contact of two bodies coming together. James Milner’s reaction tells you everything.”
Both teams were given three yellow cards each, but the officiating, as a whole, did not resonate with the 41-year-old Spaniard, especially the decision to book Ross Barkley in the 89th minute.
“You want consistency in the game, you’re looking at penalty given by contact, shoulder to shoulder and body to body, and then you can’t understand why Ross Barkley gets booked when its the same action.”
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Manchester City had 19 shots overall, while Everton was able to muster more attempts on frame, three attempts to City’s two. And the ultimate chance that would’ve drawn Martinez’s side level arrived late in the match, when goalkeeper Joe Hart met Romelu Lukaku’s close-range, curling left footer with a fingertip stop.
When Ross Barkley substituted in the 56th minute, Everton showed themselves maintaining more consistent possession, marking a second half that, Martinez asserted, turned his squad into the aggressor.
“They had a very great opportunity where Tim Howard made an outstanding save and from that point on, all the good actions were in our favor,” he said. “The total danger was around Manchester City’s box.”