Martinez shocked by decision

Roberto Martinez bemoaned the decision not to award Everton a penalty after his side were held to a goalless draw at Cardiff.

Last Updated: 31/08/13 at 19:49 Post Comment

Everton had strong claims for a penalty turned down in the first half when Leighton Baines went down in the box under a challenge from Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel, but referee Anthony Taylor waved away their appeals.

Martinez admits he feels his players did not contest the decision too much as they were shocked at the penalty not being awarded.

"In that incident you get a little bit of a shocked reaction," Martinez told Sky Sports. "Gary Medel goes to ground and doesn't get close to the football.

"I thought the referee had his view blocked as I could not explain it any other way, from my point of view and the fourth official's viewpoint it was a clear penalty.

"Leighton was impeded, if he carries on he's in a great position and he doesn't need to go down and obviously they are big moments because I though the first goal today would be very significant and that moment is a clear decision."

Despite the penalty call going against his side Martinez was happy with his side's display as they kept Cardiff at bay.

"I am satisfied with our defensive display because I think any team that comes to Cardiff will have to be well aware of the strength of his Cardiff side and I thought we nullified that and we stopped them from being a real threat in the game," added Martinez.

"Sometimes just that good decision or good bounce of the ball you need that, but overall from our point of view we probably deserved all three points."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ll he wants are sharks with frickin lazers on their heads. Is that too much to ask?

mufc phil
Bomb threat on FIFA D-day

W

hy is the dinosaur trying to hold on to this.... Just leave... No one wants you in this position you corrupt loser. Let someone else take over....

arsenal121
Defiant Sepp blames minority

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

Footer 365

One-time FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo scathing of Sepp Blatter

One-time FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo was scathing in his criticism of Sepp Blatter after the Swiss was voted in for a fifth term.

Sepp Blatter will not last two years, says FA chairman Greg Dyke

FA chairman Greg Dyke is not surprised Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president but he does not expect him to even last two years.

Gordon Taylor says Sepp Blatter's FIFA position is untenable

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor does not think Sepp Blatter can see out his fifth term as FIFA president.

Mail Box

Players Must Stand Up For Qatar Boycott

Players, not bureaucrats, hold the key to boycotting Qatar. Also in the afternoon mailbox: Wenger is right to rotate, Zlatan can dribble, and it's Barca v Ajax in the budget final...

What Would You Do If You Were Blatter?

Step into Sepp's shoes, is the invitation from one mailboxer. Also: United already have their new number one, Rodgers deserves time, and the best Budget XI so far...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company