English Premiership

Martinez: We deserved more

2014-12-01 10:01
Roberto Martinez (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Roberto Martinez was left ruing referee Michael Oliver's decision not to award Everton a late penalty as they eventually went down 2-1 at Tottenham on Sunday.

The Toffees had taken the lead at White Hart Lane through a Kevin Mirallas thunderbolt after 15 minutes, but Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado responded for Spurs before half-time to keep the three points in north London.

However, it appeared as though the Merseysiders had won themselves a stoppage time spot kick after Romelu Lukaku's header hit the hand of Federico Fazio inside the area, but the match official was uninterested and waved the appeals away.

Martinez was still generally pleased with his side's overall performance, but feels they were unlucky not to have salvaged a draw.

"The arm (of Fazio) was not in a natural position, and you feel it's a day that none of the breaks you need at times went in our favour to get a positive result," he was quoted as saying by Football411. "I thought the performance was good enough.

"It's a split decision and you understand that the referee needs to be in the perfect position to spot that. But clearly when you see that Romelu's got a header and the ball just stops, obviously there's been contact.

"I could see from my position that it was handball - I didn't know if [the arm] was in a natural position or not, but obviously in the replay you can see it's not in a natural position.

"It should have been spotted because he should have a clear view of where the contact was."


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