Moyes slams bottle-throwing Bees fan

BY foxsports • September 22, 2010

David Moyes accused a Brentford fan of throwing a bottle into the travelling Everton fans after his side's Carling Cup penalty shoot-out exit.

Home fans spilled onto the Griffin Park pitch moments after Phil Jagielka's missed penalty had given the Bees one of the biggest results in their history which came courtesy of a 4-3 shoot-out win after the scores were level at 1-1 after extra time in Tuesday night's third-round tie.

Moyes was disappointed with the fan's purported action, and claims he had to hold himself back from tackling the person he thinks was responsible.

The Everton boss said: "I thought it was terrible. I saw a fan throw a bottle into our supporters. I said to him 'I saw your face. I saw who you were'.

"He got a bottle and went right up and threw it right into the middle of our supporters."

Moyes slammed the decision to hold the penalty shoot-out in front of home supporters.

"I think the Police decided to take the penalty kicks at the end for security reasons. That proved to be a right bloomer, didn't it?" he fumed.

"If the police want me to follow it up and try to find the individual that threw the bottle into the crowd, then that would be fine by me, it wouldn't be a problem," he continued.

"I didn't grab him. I wanted to but obviously that would have brought more attention to the situation."

Seamus Coleman put Everton ahead with his first goal for the club in the sixth minute before Gary Alexander equalised just before the break for the League One outfit, who had failed to score in their previous two league games.

Charlie MacDonald had the chance to kill the game in normal time but he saw his penalty saved by stand-in Everton keeper Jan Mucha.

After an Everton onslaught in extra time, the game went to penalties where, with the scores at 3-3, Jermaine Beckford saw his spot-kick saved by Richard Lee in the Bees' net.

Lee, who is one of four goalkeeper at Griffin Park, only started Tuesday night's match because first-choice Ben Hamer was cup-tied.

Lee, who joined Brentford on a free transfer from Watford at the start of the season, impressed in net, with an outstanding one-handed save from Mikael Arteta in extra-time the pick of his efforts to keep out a Premier League opposition packed with internationals.

Boss Andy Scott was quick to lavish praise on the 27-year-old.

He said: "I am pleased for him because he showed how important he is to the club and after a stop start time in his career. I'm delighted for him.

"I said to him before the shoot out 'You have been absolutely outstanding during the match, now go and win it for us' and he did."

Scott was delighted with his side's performance, describing it as the pinnacle of his managerial career.

"It's the biggest win as a game for me as a manager," said Scott. "They have played their fist team and brought on (Stephen) Pienaar, (Mikael) Arteta and (Jermaine) Beckford so we have come up against a very strong side and have beaten them."

Moyes, meanwhile, was left to reflect on a host of missed chances during the first half.

"We just couldn't score," said Moyes, whose side have now gone four games without a win.

"We should have got it out of sight.

"I thought it was going to be one of those nights," he continued.

"We abused the opportunities we had to score and knew that they would keep coming and in football you have to take those chances when they come."


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