Distin disappointed by disallowed goal in Everton derby draw with Liverpool

The Toffees defender says that, although he is happy with the performance of his team and a difficult point at Anfield, he does not understand why they were denied victory
Everton defender Sylvain Distin has expressed his disappointment at seeing his header disallowed against Liverpool in Sunday's Merseyside derby.

The Frenchman thought that he had opened the scoring against his side's local rivals, only to see referee Michael Oliver blow for a foul by Victor Anichebe on Pepe Reina and chalk off the goal.

After the match ended 0-0, Distin was frustrated that his side were denied all three points but still saw the positives in the result.

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"We've been disallowed a goal that was perfectly right but that happens in football and we have to accept it," the centre-back told Everton's official website.

"When I scored, I didn't really understand or see what happened. I asked Vic and he said he didn't commit a foul. We looked at in the dressing room after the game on the video and I can't see a foul. It's not even something soft. If there was a foul, then there is a foul at every free kick or set-piece.

"So we're a bit disappointed because it seems like this is a place where I like to score! I would have been happy with another one but we are still happy with the performance."

Despite the disappointment of the result, the Toffees defender was not inclined to blame referee Michael Oliver, saying that human error will always play a part in certain decisions.

"I don't think it is clear and, at the end of the day, it is the judgement of one man which is the referee," Distin continued. "It is for him to decide if it is a foul or not.

"It's definitely easier to have a look at it in the dressing room in slow-motion and from different angles. Sometimes when you're on the pitch and it's live, it's difficult.

"I'm not blaming the referee or judging him or anything. I can understand because we all make mistakes - we make mistakes as players, they make mistakes as referees. I'm just a little bit disappointed but it's still a good result."