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Jags: Don't Blame Ifs And Buts

Defender says wrong decisions shouldn't have prevented win.

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Phil Jagielka said Everton couldn't blame their failure to beat beleaguered Wolves on 'ifs and buts'.

The Blues were denied a clear penalty against the already-relegated Midlanders when Leon Osman was upended in the box by Michael Kightly before Nikica Jelavic saw what would have been his 11th Everton goal wrongly chalked off for offside.

Denis Stracqualursi also saw a bundled effort ruled out in the second half as the visitors were forced to settle for a goalless draw.

But David Moyes' men rarely looked in danger of conceding and stand-in skipper Jagielka felt his side were comfortable enough to have gone on and won the game regardless of their misfortune.

"We scored a goal which was offside and we've scored one which wasn't but was flagged offside, so we're a little bit frustrated," Jagielka told evertontv.

"It's tough but it happens. No-one's perfect. I'm sure the linesman thought it was offside and that he'd got it right. It's what happens. We created a number of chances - or near chances - and maybe selected the wrong pass or maybe had the chance to shoot and didn't and stuff like that.

"But we're not going to be too frustrated. I'm sure the gaffer's happy - we got a clean sheet again, we played pretty well and just, unfortunately, we didn't manage to get a goal."

As for Kightly's first-half trip on Osman, Jagielka said: "I was on the near post and I've seen that Ossie got there just before him and, as a defender, unfortunately if you get there just that fraction late and take the man not the ball... it should have been a penalty.

"I'm sure it was a foul and it should have been given. But, again, we can't look at ifs and buts."

The stalemate at Molineux means Everton may well need something from next week's final game of the season against Champions League chasers Newcastle to secure a top-seven Premier League finish ahead of city rivals Liverpool.

And Jagielka said: "We've got to look at the season on the whole now and we're guaranteed to finish at least ninth and hopefully seventh if we can get the right results and have results go for us between now and next Sunday."
 

Andrew FeatherstoneHe said we are guaranteed to finish at least ninth, not that he would settle for ninth!

Tuesday 8th May 15:15 Report Comment

Victor TayCome on you Blues, let's finish strong against Newcastle, who are in real good form just like us. It will certainly be a great morale booster to end the season on a high!

Monday 7th May 16:59 Report Comment

Alec WalkerDear Jags I am surprised that you would settle for ninth place. Remember each position is worth a few million to the club.

Monday 7th May 14:10 Report Comment
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