Everton 2-2 Newcastle: Officials missed two goals - David Moyes


Everton manager David Moyes insisted two controversial decisions denied his side victory against Newcastle United at Goodison Park.

In a thrilling 2-2 draw, Everton substitute Victor Anichebe saw play waved on by referee Mike Jones despite his header crossing the line - and Moyes also complained an earlier strike from Marouane Fellaini was wrongly ruled out for offside.

Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew agreed and Moyes said: "There are two goals missed and we can't get them back. I had a word with the officials but I was not in there ranting and raving.

Goal-line decisions

  • Pedro Mendes, Manchester United v Tottenham, 2005: Mendes tries a speculative shot from the half-way line, Roy Carroll spills it over the line but referee Mark Clattenburg does not award the goal.
  • Frank Lampard, England v Germany, 2010: Lampard hits the underside of the bar and the ball bounces down over the line but a goal is not given and Germany go on to win 4-1.
  • Juan Mata, Chelsea v Tottenham, 2012: Martin Atkinson awards a goal in the FA Cup semi-final despite Benoit Assou-Ekotto appearing to block the ball.
  • Marko Devic, Ukraine v England, 2012 John Terry rushes back to hook Devic's deflected shot away, but the ball crosses the line before he makes his clearance. Referee Viktor Kassai does not award a goal and Ukraine lose 1-0.

"I said 'you have missed two goals' but what can I do about it? We played very well and should have won the game deservedly but didn't."

Substitute Demba Ba scored twice for Newcastle, including a last-minute equaliser, after Leighton Baines and Anichebe had struck for Everton.

Everton's complaints, at least in terms of Anichebe's 'goal', could soon be a thing of the past with Premier League committed to introducing goal-line technology "as soon as practically possible", with the start of the 2013-14 season mentioned as a possible start date.

Two different systems, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, were approved for use by the International Football Association Board in December having fulfilled Fifa's criteria, including a requirement that a decision had to be relayed to the referee in less than a second.

Fifa says it is "on course" to use the systems for the first time at the FIFA Club World Club in Japan on December. The tournament will feature Champions League winners Chelsea.

Everton boss David Moyes believes that the officials should have done a better job even without technology.

"The tools will come in eventually to help officials but I think the job is to look along the line and hopefully get it right when the ball has crossed the line," Moyes added.

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"Even from where I was I thought Marouane Fellaini's goal was a goal so I was surprised when it was given offside.

"We should have been out of sight by half-time and when it was still 1-0 Alan Pardew was probably delighted."

Pardew admitted: "The header from Anichebe was definitely a goal. My technical team have told me it was over the line. I have been saying for as long as anybody technology must come in and it has cost Everton a crucial goal here."

Everton striker Nikica Jelavic limped off before half-time as he struggled with a knee injury following a collision with a post when scoring a disallowed goal in the opening moments.

He left Goodison Park on crutches and Moyes said: "It looked as if he banged the side of his knee against the post. I don't know if it's too bad."