Everton manager David Moyes says his side were robbed of a legitimate goal following their goalless draw at Liverpool in Sunday afternoon’s Merseyside Derby at Anfield.
The 0-0 draw means Moyes is still to register a win at the home of Everton’s city rivals or any of the so-called ‘big four’ in the Premier League since taking over the reins at Goodison Park. However, Moyes responded to those criticisms in his post-match press conference by stating that if the key decisions never go your way, then there is little chance of the Toffees earning a victory at the likes of Anfield.
Sylvain Distin had a second half strike ruled out for an apparent foul by Victor Anichebe on Pepe Reina, and Moyes was not best pleased with the decision. Referee Michael Oliver blew his whistle as soon as the Liverpool ‘keeper hit the floor and it was a decision that left Moyes and us Evertonians fuming.
It wasn’t a classic derby game by any stretch of the imagination, and both sides came away with a point after both failing to break the deadlock. However, the result could have been different if Distin’s header wasn’t ruled out, and it has left a bad taste in not only Everton fans mouth’s, but Moyes too:
“It was a goal, a legitimate goal,” Moyes told the Liverpool Echo.
“The goalkeeper runs into Victor Anichebe and it’s a goal.
“The referee said that Victor impeded the goalkeeper, but it was actually the goalkeeper who ran into him so it can’t possibly be a free kick.
“It’s frustrating because people are quite quick to remind me that I haven’t won here at Anfield, but if you don’t get any decisions, it’s very hard to win here at Anfield.
“And that is quite a regular occurrence when we come to Anfield.”