October 27, 2020

Red card leaves Everton feeling blue

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Everton Manager David Moyes

Two late goals from Liverpool strikers Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez helped defeat Everton in the Merseyside derby – but the Blues will feel aggrieved after they were reduced to ten men with a controversial red card.

Everton youngster Jack Rodwell was dismissed for after a strong tackle on Suarez – but replays clearly showed the midfielder got the ball and not the man.

Blues boss David Moyes said: “I would expect the people in power to stand up and say, ‘Have we got it wrong?’

“Good people admit their mistakes and hold their hand up and accept it and there’s no shame in doing that.”

But he isn’t holding his breath in hoping for the dismissal to be overturned.

He added: “You don’t get things overturned.

“I thought it ruined the game. There are a lot of questions that people ask about derbies, tackles and sendings-off but that wasn’t down to a bad tackle.

“I would have been disappointed if it had been a free kick and if he had given a yellow card you would have said ‘what is that for?’.

“It would have been hard playing Liverpool 11 v 11 – it was a really tough game for us and it
became tougher.”

In the weekend’s other derby games, Arsenal lost 2-1 at Tottenham while QPR were battered 6-0 by Fulham.

Manchester United remain top of the Premier league after they defeated Norwich by two goal to nil. Manchester City ran out 4-0 winners over Blackburn.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson praised Norwich who made it tough on the home side.

Hat-trick hero Frank Lampard

He said: ““This was not a good performance but we were gritty and we never gave in. That is a fantastic quality to have,” he said.

“I thought we were far too slow on the ball in the first half. We changes things round a little bit in the second.

“Once we quickened the game up in the second half we were much better. We deserved to win because we kept at it in our own fashion and we never gave in.”

Elsewhere a Frank Lampard hat-trick helped Chelsea beat Bolton by five goals to one while Swansea beat Stoke 2-0.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas said: “Frank is an established, top-quality player, one of the most important at the club.

“He has nothing to prove to the football world. He will continue to succeed in this club and be a big player for Chelsea for as long as I am here.”

In the weekend’s other matches Aston Villa beat Wigan 2-0 and Newcastle overcome Wolverhampton away by two goals to one.

Sunderland and West Brom, tied 2-2.

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