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Everton boss David Moyes claims Mauro Formica dived for both Blackburn penalties

But Scot is adamant his side's spot-kick was legitimate and admits that "we've had a great week" after following up their midweek League Cup win with another another victory

After seeing off Blackburn Rovers with a late penalty, Everton boss David Moyes has revealed he believes Mauro Formica dived to win both spot-kicks for Steve Kean's men.

The Argentine was twice brought down in the Everton box, but both Junior Hoilett and Radosav Petrovic failed to convert their spot-kicks and were left devastated as Mikel Arteta scored the Toffees’ solitary penalty at the end of the game.

Asked on his opinion on the spot-kicks, Moyes told reporters: “I think the two [penalties] Blackburn got were dives and I think ours is a penalty kick. I think the boy [Formica] dives for the two penalty kicks.

“If you look at it closely, he goes down for both penalty kicks and the other one [Everton’s] when you look at it. You can only tell it how you see it and that’s how I see it. I think the boy goes down to easily for the kicks and [Chris] Samba definitely has two hands on [Marouane] Fellaini’s shoulders.”

Asked if he was surprised when he saw Arteta take the winning penalty, he said: “Yes, Bainsey [Leighton Baines] normally takes them. But players are players, as long as it goes in the back of the net, I might have something to say if it didn’t.”

In terms of the game itself, both sides were happy to go at it 100 per cent and much of the second-half brought about some entertaining end-to-end football, but at the final whistle it was Moyes and his team with the smiles on their faces.

Asked if the Scot was feeling like a lucky man, he replied to reporters: “No, I think we’ve had a great week. We’ve beaten Sheffield United and we’ve beaten Blackburn, so I feel good. It’s a manager’s job to win, isn’t it?”

The end result could have gone either way as both sides looked like scoring, but Moyes insisted he was only interested in victory at Ewodd Park: “We tried to do something to get ourselves a better foothold in the game, I always wanted three points.

“You look at Blackburn’s home record over the years, they lose very few games at home, I see them a lot over the last few seasons and they’ll not lose too many and I saw them lose against Wolves and they’ve lost today. It’s hard to do that, get back-to-back wins here.”

Blackburn manager Steve Kean will have been left devastated by the loss as his team had both their penalties kept out of the net one way or another and Moyes admitted he knows all about the feelings running through his compatriot’s head.

He said: “I’m a manager, I know exactly what it feels like, losing is never nice and obviously he gets two penalty kicks today, so from that he’ll be disappointed they didn’t take one of those at least, if not both.

 “I don’t know if luck comes into it, I think you take what you get and today we took the points and that was what was important today.

“I think we know we can play an awful lot better, we have to play better than that today.”

 

 

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