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Arsenal (A) Sun 1 Mar 2015, 14:05, Barclays Premier League

by Rob Urbani @efc_roburbani

David Moyes believes Steven Pienaar's red card at QPR ruined his side's chances of securing all three points.

Instead, Everton had to play a third of the match with 10 men and were left battling hard to ensure the contest ended 1-1.

Pienaar was red-carded early in the second half by referee Jon Moss for a second yellow card.

Moyes told the media after the game: "I'm really disappointed with it (the sending off) because it probably ruined our chances of going on and trying to get three points. And in the end we had to fight very hard to make sure we got one.

"I can't see how a referee with the way football is played now can give a second yellow card. He knows he has already booked Steven and Steven doesn't even clip the boy."

Pienaar is now set to miss next week's Merseyside derby through suspension.

Moyes added: "We will have to see how we cope with players out through injury or suspension. I thought we coped quite well today without Marouane Fellaini, Darron Gibson, Tony Hibbert. So we have to try and get some of these players back and fit now because obviously we're going to lose Steven Pienaar for our next game.

"I don't talk too much about players who aren't available so we move on."

The manager also believes a point at Loftus Road will prove to a good result with hindsight as he believes Mark Hughes' side are currently occupying a false position in the table based on the quality in their ranks.

He explained: "I think with the experience, the players they've got and the backing they've given the manager they have a really good team. They have some really good players and I'm sure they will move up the league table shortly. When that happens I think we will be looking back at this as a very good point."

Moyes also singled out Phil Jagielka for his fearless display in the heart of the Everton defence as they produced a commendable rearguard action in the closing stages to win the point.

He concluded: "Phil Jagielka played like a top class English centre-half today in a typical English style game. He threw himself in front of the ball and headed it when he had to head it - he was outstanding today."

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