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.”