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Moyes unhappy at referee Atkinson


Comeback epitomises Everton character - Moyes

Everton manager David Moyes criticised referee Martin Atkinson despite his side earning a point in a dramatic encounter with Manchester United.

The Toffees came from 3-1 down to get a draw thanks to two injury-time goals.

But Moyes confronted Atkinson after he blew the final whistle with Everton on the attack.

"He didn't get his time right - there was more time to add on for the goals and he blew up with the ball 25 yards from their goal," said Moyes.

"The two goals were scored after 90 minutes - they'd put up three minutes of extra time and he played three minutes 30 seconds.

"He allowed the corner kick and our break was so fast that it could only have been 10 seconds maximum so for him not to allow that means maybe he shouldn't have given the corner.

"It is a spectator sport with people coming to watch the game and not for him to be the main man and the one who wants to be seen making the decisions.

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"That was a terrible decision in my book."

But Moyes was delighted with the character shown by his side as Cahill and Arteta rescued a point for them.

"I felt we played well and I didn't think we deserved to be 3-1 down late on," stated Moyes.

"Our play and the opportunities we created merited more than that but we kept playing and kept trying to do the right things."

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was left to rue a number of missed chances which would have put the game beyond the Toffees' reach before their dramatic late comeback.


"We have thrown the points away and hopefully at the end of the season we don't sit back and regret it," lamented Ferguson.

"We had some great opportunities in the first half and I think most of the time we were the team who threatened most in terms of playing football.

"[Nemanja] Vidic's goal was a good time to score but going 3-1 up you think you are in a comfortable position but football comes back to bite you.

"It has happened before and we have done it ourselves."

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Everton 3-3 Manchester United
11 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Draw feels like a win - Arteta
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