Marco Silva and Eddie Howe criticised the performance of referee Anthony Taylor
Everton manager Marco Silva says that it is “impossible” for him to be happy with the performance of referee Anthony Taylor in his team’s 2-0 triumph over Bournemouth at home on Sunday.
Everton had five players booked and racked up as many as 17 fouls across the ninety minutes while Bournemouth received no bookings even after conceding eight free-kicks.
“I’m sure if you are an Everton supporter this afternoon you are unhappy about the referee, I don’t have doubts about that,” Silva said.
“I’m not a coach who comes here to find excuses, I like to be honest with you all, but this [match] was really tough.
“It is not something that has just happened this afternoon, but this afternoon was really strange. It was a bad performance for sure, but in some moments I can have a bad performance.
“It is impossible I will be happy with that performance.”
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe also criticised the performance of the referee, claiming that his team should have been awarded a penalty when David Brooks was brought down by Idrissa Gana Gueye.
Howe further claimed that Andre Gomes was lucky not to concede a spot-kick or escape a red card after a coming together with Jefferson Lerma and a rash challenge on Steve Cook.
“At the time, I thought the first penalty shout on Brooks probably was a penalty. I haven’t seen it back, so I may be wrong,” said the Bournemouth boss.
“At the end, I’ve then been told there was a stonewall [penalty], but that’s the way things are going for us at the moment.
“In terms of Andre Gomes, certainly from my view, I thought the first one could’ve been a yellow, as well as the second. If you add them together, he is lucky to stay on the pitch. I haven’t seen back the one at the end, though.
“It’s a difficult one to take and one that is similar to our recent run. Personally, I’m really pleased with our performance.”