English Premiership

Rooney believes Everton deserved 'clear penalty'

2017-12-11 10:11
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Cape Town - Everton forward Wayne Rooney believes, to nobody’s surprise, that they deserved the penalty awarded in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

The Toffees were trailing by a single goal from Mohamed Salah until Rooney’s searching ball forward picked out Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who went down under a push from Reds defender Dejan Lovren.

"It is a fantastic point for us," Rooney told Sky Sports.  "Liverpool are a fantastic team with good individual players.

"We knew it would be difficult and we would need to be patient. We defended brilliantly. We had two or three moments on the break that we had to take and we did that.

"It is great to play the derby. It is great for the city and there are bragging rights. The Evertonians will be more pleased.

"I had to keep myself composed. Lovren kicked the ball away and that gave me time. It is always nice to score against Liverpool, no matter who you play for.

"I knew where I was going. I practiced yesterday and thankfully I caught it right. It looked a clear penalty. He pushed him over and the ref has made the right decision."

Everton next travel to St. James' Park to face Newcastle United in an English Premiership clash on Wednesday evening.

Kick off is at 21:45.

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