Moyes: Red card was right decision

BY foxsports • March 21, 2010

Everton manager David Moyes felt his side thoroughly deserved their three points after a hard-fought 2-0 Premier League win over 10-man Bolton.

Goals from Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar in the final 18 minutes fired the Toffees to victory after the sending-off of Gretar Steinsson at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Everton had been dominant in the second half but their breakthrough only came when last man Steinsson was dismissed for bundling over Ayegbeni Yakubu and Arteta curled home the resulting free-kick.

Moyes said: "It was turning but it was up to us to make it so.

"We were the only team I felt was going to go on to win the game.

"I thought we were the better team, we were the team who passed it.

"Bolton came in and made it very hard but they didn't offer any attacking threats, with the exception of a couple of free-kicks, so overall I thought we deserved it."

The sending-off was the main talking point of the game but Moyes backed referee Alan Wiley's decision.

"I have seen it again and the referee calls it right," Moyes said.

"He was onside and it was a really good ball from Steven Pienaar through to Yak. He certainly brings him down."

Victory was Everton's seventh in succession in the league at home, their best run since 1990.

But Moyes added: "The job is to win the next game. If I can get records, then great, but it's not important for me."

Moyes later revealed forward Victor Anichebe had been taken to hospital for tests after being carried off on a stretcher early in the match.

Anichebe, who only returned to action in January after almost a year out with a knee injury, was hurt in a collision with Bolton defender Paul Robinson and replaced after just 14 minutes.

Moyes said: "It looked as if he got a knee in the kidney or the ribs and they have sent him to hospital. We've not got the results yet."

The 21-year-old is now doubtful for the midweek trip to Manchester City.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle felt the Steinsson red-card incident changed the course of the match, but had more of a gripe with where Arteta's free-kick was taken from than the actual decision.

The Trotters had won three of their previous four games but defeat still leaves them with work to do to stave off relegation.

Coyle said: "We more than matched Everton and had some great chances in the first half to take the lead, but we never took them.

"The sending off will be the talking point and the free-kick for the goal.

"My initial impression was it was offside to begin with, but I'll need to look back at that.

"I think if there was any contact it was minimal but Mr Wiley, in his wisdom, has decided it is a red card.

"Sometimes they go for you and against you but my issue then was that Mikel Arteta was allowed to move the ball another four yards nearer our goal.

"I would suggest with the quality he's got he's far more dangerous there than where the offence was committed.

"I can accept sometimes that decisions go against you but not that he's allowed to move the ball into the arc. That gave them an unbelievable advantage.

"It leaves a bad taste in the mouth and the frustration is we've left here with no points."


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