Pellegrini questions ‘clear’ late penalty call

Date published: Thursday 14th January 2016 10:12

Manuel Pellegrini was certain that Manchester City had been denied a “clear” late penalty against Everton.

Raheem Sterling appeared to be brought down by John Stones in injury time as City looked to make their dominance of a lively Barclays Premier League clash tell.

But referee Roger East gave only a goalkick and City’s last chance to claim another three points for their title challenge was lost.

Pellegrini said: “I don’t think I need to give my thoughts about that action. The whole stadium could see it was a penalty. It was so clear, so near for the referee and both legs of Raheem were taken. It was a clear foul from Stones but if the referee doesn’t whistle for it, we can’t say anything about that.”

Despite the scoreline, the contest was an entertaining one, with both sides having opportunities in the first half. City upped the tempo after the break and created several good chances but Everton, and most notably goalkeeper Tim Howard, held firm.

Pellegrini said: “We did enough to win the game, especially in the second half. In the first 45 minutes it was a very close game with not many chances, maybe one or two in each box, but in the second half it was complete dominance by us – of possession, of shots, of saves from their goalkeeper.”

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