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Howard slams officials

Everton lost their first game of the season on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat to Premier League title contenders Manchester City.

But unfortunately we were left bemused by some rather strange refereeing decisions which had a big impact on the match.

In particular there were two penalty incidents, one which referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot for and one that he didn't and of course it was Manchester City who were on the receiving end of the spot kick decision.

It wasn't even a case of showing bias as an Evertonian, as even the BT Sport pundits thought that Everton had been hard done by [ok coverage by the way, not exactly the same level as Sky Sports but not too bad].

When Matija Nastasic challenged Romelu Lukaku, there was far more contact than there was when Pablo Zabaleta fell after Seamus Coleman had grazed his arm. But Moss showed zero consistency at the detriment of Everton.

Everton could even think that there were quite a few decision that went against them.

"Only a few?! Everton goalkeeper Tom Howard told The Post 'Both teams would have been a bit upset at times, though. There weren`t many good things as far as that was concerned.

He continued: "In big games, you need big calls to go your way. Or at least you need a balance. And we didn`t get that."

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Writer: Yak Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 7 2013

Time: 11:03AM

Your Comments

Fair play to Howard at least recognising that both teams were on the end of bad calls. The ref really was poor. Lady luck was certainly smiling on City but that tends to happen for the home side in regards officiating. I don't think either were penalties if I'm honest but certainly if one was given then both should be.
Bluedub
I dont understand the FA's thought process in electing Moss as referee. Moss was coming off a "break" after his performance in the United/Palace game and yet the FA elected him to take charge of arguably the biggest game of the weekend? I can understand if a ref makes a wrong decision, everyone makes mistakes, but the least he can do is be consistent. 2nd time in a row the referee at the Etihad has been ***** poor. Although to be fair we were that crap, we didn't deserve anything from the game.
Rob-EFC
Have to say Rob that it may be starting to balance out as we've had more than our fair share of ***** refereeing performances at Goodison go against us in the last few years.
Bluedub
 

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