Manchester City penalty a 'football disaster', rues Martinez

The Everton manager questioned the officials' consistency after his team suffered their first league defeat of the season at the Etihad Stadium against Manuel Pellegrini's side

Roberto Martinez labelled the penalty awarded against his Everton side as a "football disaster" as Manchester City got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

The Toffees slipped to their first league loss of the season against Manuel Pellegrini's men, strikes from Alvaro Negredo, Sergio Aguero and an own goal from Tim Howard turning things around for the hosts after Romelu Lukaku had opened the scoring for Everton.

But former Wigan Athletic boss Martinez was left aggrieved by the nature of the defeat and felt that his team should have been awarded a spot-kick of their own in the first half when Matija Nastasic knocked down Lukaku.

On the spot-kick awarded against his side, Martinez told reporters: "I thought it was a football disaster. That should never be a penalty.

"The overall performance of the referee didn’t allow us to compete eye to eye with Manchester City. Unfortunately, he killed the game of two very good sides.

"I think today the scoreline goes down to big decisions," he told BT Sport. "We didn't get that little bit of luck.

"I thought we started really well, and the one that we had was more of a penalty."

Still, Martinez accepted that Everton's performance had been below-par and lamented his side's inability to take control after seizing the early initiative through Lukaku's fourth goal in three league games.

"We cannot be happy with the way that the goals were awarded," he added.

"We allowed the performance to go, we could have played a lot better, more clever, to concede three goals we are extremely disappointed with that."