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Player ratings: Everton lose to league leaders Manchester City after a farcical refereeing decision

Everton lost by one goal to champions and current league leaders Manchester City but not without a huge amount of controversy.

In the first half The Toffees put up a strong display and were on the front foot with Jonjoe Kenny and Richarlison both having one big chance each to open the scoring.

After half-time Manchester City grew more dominant and Everton dropped back slightly, absorbing the pressure.

Lampard’s side managed that well until a catastrophic error from Michael Keane allowed Phil Foden to nick the winning goal with nine minutes to go.

However shortly after that a stonewall penalty was missed somehow by referee Paul Tierney and VAR which was ran by Chris Kavangh as Rodri controlled the ball with his arm inside his own box.

Kavanagh watched it several times and didn’t even tell Tierney to go to the monitor even though everyone watching on was convinced it was a penalty, the incident will undoubtedly go down as one of the worst refereeing decisions of all time in the Premier League and has put tons more pressure back on officials as their standards keep dropping.

Frank Lampard said after the game: “We’ve lost a point potentially while we’re fighting for our life by a professional who cant do his job right and that’s amazing.”

Everton’s neighbours and rivals Liverpool will have also been seething about the decision as a draw would have brough The Citizens within touching distance of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Player ratings

Jordan Pickford: 8

Brilliant performance as he made eight saves keeping Everton in the game. Best of the lot was his incredible reaction save to deny Bernardo Silva from scoring the rebound.

Seamus Coleman: 6

Played well defensively keeping Raheem Sterling quiet but couldn’t have an attacking influence.

Mason Holgate: 5

Lost possession 12 times which isn’t good enough but was part of a strong structure at the back.

Michael Keane: 2

Played ok until his woeful error cost Everton the potential point. Too many times he has cost Everton this season with consistent poor performances and errors.

Jonjoe Kenny: 5

Missed a massive chance in the first half as he put the ball in the side netting. Was solid enough at the back.

Allan: 8

Was immense in the middle of the park and had Everton winning the midfiled battle in the first half with some impressive progressive passes.

Abdoulaye Doucoure: 7

Incredible amount of energy to say he has just come back from injury.

Alex Iwobi: 5

Couldn’t have too much of an attacking influence on the but worked hard for the team defending well.


Donny Van De Beek: 6

Got well and truly stuck into the battle, seems to be part of Everton’s best midfield when alongside Allan and Doucoure.


Anthony Gordon: 5

His free-kick effort on the stroke of half-time wasn’t a million miles away as it landed don the roof of the net.

Richarlison: 7

Squandered a big chance in the first half as his shot was weak and straight at Ederson. He battled away all game and held the ball up brilliantly at times.

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