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The 29-year-old believes the wrongful award of a throw-in and the referee’s failure to act on a subsequent foul on Louis Saha ruined his side’s game plan at Eastlands

Everton defender Phil Jagielka has blamed a number of poor refereeing decisions for his side’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.

The Toffees frustrated City for almost 70 minutes until Mario Balotelli broke the deadlock from the edge of the box, and James Milner added a second for the hosts late on.

Everton boss David Moyes felt his side should have been awarded a throw-in in the build-up to Balotelli’s opener and that Louis Saha was impeded soon afterwards, and Jagielka echoed these views.

“We felt a couple of key decisions didn’t go our way,” he told reporters.

“I’ve been told it was blatantly our throw-in for their first goal, [Leighton Baines] kicked it off [Samir] Nasri and from the throw-in, they scored.

“OK, that happens. But then Louis Saha goes through and from our view, he was blatantly obstructed.

“There were a few bits and bobs like that. That obviously messed up our gameplan to restrict them and we had to change it a bit.

“When you come to City, you need that rub of the green. They have so many attacking options. If you aren’t lucky, then you aren’t going to win.”

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