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."

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