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Martinez Frustrated

Manager left to rue second-half penalty decision.

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Roberto Martinez felt Everton should have been awarded a second-half penalty in Sunday’s scoreless draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Seamus Coleman appeared to be caught by Jan Vertonghen inside the area but instead of going to ground, the defender remained on his feet - intent on producing a shot at goal.

Referee Kevin Friend waved play on, much to the frustration of the Blues boss.

“When they tell you decisions level themselves up over the course of a season, it doesn’t happen,” Martinez said. “We had a similar situation at Villa last week and at the Etihad when we were punished with two penalties.

“Seamus gets impeded but he doesn’t overreact and gets back on his feet. That probably allowed the referee not to have to make a decision.

“Clearly he was impeded and it should have been a penalty. It doesn’t mean we would have scored it but it could have been a different matter.”

Everton conceded possession too cheaply in the first half but Martinez was pleased with how his side got on the front foot after the interval.

The Blues missed the chance to move second in the table but the draw keeps them on the coattails of the teams occupying the Champions League qualification places.

“It was two different halves from our point of view,” Martinez added. “I thought we defended with great concentration throughout because you have to do that against this talented Spurs side.

“I thought we lost the ball too quickly in the first half and that encouraged Spurs to have longer spells of possession but I was pleased that we were able to defend with focus throughout that period.

“The second half was different. We imposed ourselves and we were the ones forcing Spurs to defend. The two teams weren’t happy with the draw - they were both driving forward to get a winning goal.

“Overall I’m glad we showed the character and focus to defend in that manner and keep a clean sheet.”

keith portervery disappointed ...we blew the chance 2 go 2nd ..the match was boring lads ..

Monday 4th November 19:36 Report Comment

Joel CurranTo be fair, both sides should of had a penalty... Strong mention for McCarthys performance against Spurs, he was immense. Him and Barry both have been brilliant.

Monday 4th November 13:06 Report Comment

Victor TayDo stay focused as there is a string of tough games coming up...

Monday 4th November 05:48 Report Comment

Lauren PereiraWell done Deulofeu and Barkley! Keep it up:)

Monday 4th November 02:22 Report Comment

Tom GrahamBoys were out off touch. Have not seen peinarr, lukaku, mirrallas, osman give the ball away so easy or pass poorly. Thank god we defended well.

Sunday 3rd November 23:40 Report Comment

Clare PrebbleMartinez looking up all the time, the interviewer must be pretty tall!

Sunday 3rd November 19:23 Report Comment
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