Moyes bemoans penalty decision following Arsenal draw

The Toffees manager is convinced that his side should have been awarded a spot kick after claiming Steven Pienaar was fouled by Mikel Arteta dring the second half

Everton manager David Moyes has bemoaned referee Michael Olivier’s decision not to award his side a penalty during the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

The 49-year-old saw his side fall behind after just 52 seconds to a Theo Walcott goal but Marouane Fellaini levelled for the hosts, to recorded Everton’s sixth draw in the last eight Premier League games.

However, Moyes feels Everton deserved more from the game after seeing Steven Pienaar’s second-half penalty appeal turned down following a perceived foul by Mikel Arteta, with Olivier opting to award a corner instead.

"It was a penalty. We played Arsenal today, who are a really good team, but we also had very few decisions go for us," he told reporters.

"Sometimes referee's decisions change the games: in some games something might go in your favour but we were never going to get that tonight. We got nothing whatsoever and anything we were going to get we had to earn on our own because we were not going to get a lot.

"There was an incident when the ball got chipped into the box later on and he gave a push on Fellaini. I've had a chance to see it and it was never anything like it. I found that one as mystifying as any really.

"We found it a difficult night from that point if view but the players played really well throughout."

Despite playing the full game, left-back Leighton Baines sustained a hamstring injury and now a doubt to face champions Manchester City on Saturday, along with striker Nikica Jelavic who has had his training hampered by illness.

However, Moyes confirmed that both Darron Gibson and Tony Hibbert are back from injury.   

"[Baines] felt it in the game and played on in the last 10 or 15 minutes," he added.

"We've got Gibbo [Darron Gibson] and Hibbo [Tony Hibbert] back and that has eased it a little bit but I am worried about Nikica Jelavic who has not trained since Saturday and yesterday I was not playing him."