English Premiership

Martinez: Ref got it wrong

2014-10-06 11:53
Roberto Martinez (AFP)
Cape Town - Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that Manchester United's second goal in their 2-1 victory over the Toffees on Sunday should not have been allowed.

Radamel Falcao's goal in the 62nd minute proved enough for the Red Devils to secure the win after Steven Naismith had cancelled out Angel Di Maria's opener.

However, Martinez feels that Falcao should not have had the chance to net the winner as Steven Pienaar was injured in the build-up.

"Steven Pienaar receives a knock and has to come off. He goes to ground and the ball is in front of him - it’s not like it was in the 18 yard box or final third," the Spaniard told Everton's official website.

"The referee was well aware and talking to the fourth official. I just don’t understand the decision.

"If we were a team that tried to run the clock down or have a negative roll in the game I would have understood it but it was a moment to allow us to change a player and allow a substitute to come on. That’s the end of it.

"I just felt that we then lost concentration a little bit, Manchester United attacked and the ball ended up in the back of the net.

"I didn’t feel that was fair at all and in our league this is not a way we approach games."

Despite this, Martinez was quick to praise the efforts of both his team and United keeper David De Gea, who put in a top class showing, including a save from a Leighton Baines penalty.

"It was a fantastic game of football. We gave everything we had and played with real intensity," Martinez told Everton’s official website.

"We were slow early on and I don’t think we could get our rhythm. But we showed character and didn’t show disappointment after the penalty.

"The players don’t deserve the feeling they are sharing now. In football these things happen and De Gea was the man of the match and the difference in the scoreline.

"Everyone in the ground was waiting for the net to bulge when Osman and Oviedo had those chances.

"He [De Gea] had an outstanding performance which stopped us from a positive scoreline. We played right to the end with a lot of energy and effort.

"It was such a fantastic game of football and both teams tried to win the match in a fair manner."


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
30 October 2016
Everton v West Ham United, Goodison Park 15:30
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
31 October 2016
Stoke City v Swansea City, Britannia Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.