Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: 'Shabby' Goal Has Moyes Annoyed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: 'Shabby' Goal Has Moyes Annoyed

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EVERTON boss David Moyes described the own goal his side conceded against Reading as "a shabby goal" and insisted Ibrahima Sonko could have been sent off in the first half, writes PAUL WALKER.

Joleon Lescott was credited with an own goal midway through the first period and it was not until nine minutes from time that Andrew Johnson headed the equaliser.

Johnson had earlier been sent tumbling on the edge of the box by Sonko, who was the last man, and had only just been cautioned for tripping the high-speed England international.

Moyes said: "The foul on him in the first half was outside the area, and although I do not want to see people sent off, I have certainly seen players yellow-carded for that sort of offence.

"It was very tight, but at the time I felt it was a booking. Some referees would have booked Sonko for that, and that would have been his second yellow and he'd have been off.

"But the official chose not to get his book out and we have to live with that.

"We made some poor decisions ourselves in that first half, and then we conceded a terrible goal, it was a shabby effort to give away. That changed the game."

Moyes added: "I felt it was a shabby goal that we conceded. It was offside, and the linesman was right there and didn't give it, which is disappointing. But there was a lot wrong with the way we defended that free-kick. We had worked in the week on filling our goal line with players and we were deliberately deep.

"But it was not set up the way we planned and although I take responsibility for the system it was not how it should have been put into operation.

"But their lad was offside when the ball was kicked, ran onside to get his header in, and it should have been penalised."

Rocky star Sylvester Stallone was given a marvellous reception before the game when he was introduced to the fans from the centre circle, complete with Everton flag that he whirled around his head.

Certainly for the opening minutes, fans were more interested in what was going on in the directors' box where Stallone sat next to chairman Bill Kenwright. …

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