Everton 2 Newcastle 2: The referee missed two goals, says David Moyes
Everton 2 Newcastle 2: David Moyes says referee Mike Jones denied the Toffees two clear goals at Goodison Park on Monday
David Moyes claimed referee Mike Jones missed two Everton goals after the Toffees were held to a dramatic draw by Newcastle United on Monday night.
Leighton Baines gave the home side a first-half lead after a neat exchange with Steven Pienaar cut open the Magpies defence, with the left-back firing past Steve Harper.
However, substitute Demba Ba levelled for the visitors with a composed finish before Victor Anichebe’s header was adjudged not to have crossed the line, with Marouane Fellaini also having a strike cancelled out for a dubious offside.
Moyes’ men seemed to have snatched a deserved win when Anchiebe finished from close range in the 88th minute, but Papiss Cisse and Ba combined to help the latter net his second of the night and seal a point for Newcastle.
“There are two goals missed and we can’t get them back. I had a word with the officials but I was not in there ranting and raving,” said Moyes.
“I said ‘you have missed two goals’ but what can I do about it? We played very well and should have won the game deservedly but didn’t.”
“The tools will come in eventually to help officials but I think the job is to look along the line and hopefully get it right when the ball has crossed the line.”
He added: “Even from where I was I thought Marouane Fellaini’s goal was a goal so I was surprised when it was given offside.
“We should have been out of sight by half-time and when it was still 1-0 Alan Pardew was probably delighted.”
Pardew backed Moyes and admitted Anichebe’s header should have stood, with the Newcastle manager calling for goal-line technology.
“The header from Anichebe was definitely a goal,” he added. “My technical team have told me it was over the line. I have been saying for as long as anybody technology must come in and it has cost Everton a crucial goal here.”