Coyle frustrated by Everton opener

Burnley boss Owen Coyle felt James Vaughan’s goal should have been

ruled out for offside in Everton’s 2-0 win over his side at

Goodison Park.

Vaughan, making only his third substitutes’ appearance of

another injury hit season, struck Everton ahead from close range

with eight minutes left.

But it looked as if Yakubu was standing in an offside

position in front of Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen, blocking the

Dane’s view of the play.

Steven Pienaar grabbed a second for Everton in injury-time,

but Coyle claims the damage had already been done. He said: “Yakubu

was definitely offside in front of Jensen, he is a big lad and our

keeper could not see the play. Jensen stuck out a foot, but Yakubu

was clearly interfering with play.

“Howard Webb is a good referee and he was in no position to

see it, but he should expect to get assistance from his linesman,

who could surely see where the Everton player was standing when the

ball went into the net.

“It influenced the game. I just want fair decisions and that

was not fair.” Burnley had already lost defender Stephen Jordan

with 30 minutes left, sent-off after a second bookable offence.

Coyle added: “He will learn from that, he made the referee’s

decision for him with already having been booked.

“He will learn that in that situation you do not pull someone

back, you let it go and don’t get yourself booked again.”

Everton boss David Moyes hailed the return of 21 year-old

Vaughan to the side for his first goal in two years. Vaughan has

suffered serious knee and shoulder injuries over the recent

seasons, and had not scored since a UEFA Cup tie in December 2007

against Alkmaar. His last league goal was against Chelsea in May of

that year.

Moyes said: “I am really pleased for James. He has had a

terrible time with injuries for more than two years now.

“This time he has come back without even a reserve run-out.

He has missed so much of his development, we are just trying to

nurse him through to get him back to what he was like as an

outstanding teenager.”

Everton have injury problems over Tim Cahill, who limped off

with a twisted ankle while Louis Saha (hamstring) and Jo (ankle),

both missed the match. But club captain Phil Neville returned after

missing three months with a knee injury, and Moyes said: “We have

certainly missed him, he is a very important player for us, it is

good to have him back.”

On Everton’s first win in eight league games, Moyes said: “We

have been playing well enough of late to have deserved more.

“We deserved this, we had played some smashing football at

times and I always believed our luck would change.”