|Tuesday, 18 September 2012 09:27|
LONDON: Everton were robbed of third place in the Premier League table at Goodison Park this morning by two bungled decisions in a thrilling and dramatic clash which ended in a 2-2 draw, The Sun reported.
Assistant referee Ceri Richards wrongly flagged midfielder Marouane Fellaini offside for a second-half strike and then failed to see that a Victor Anichebe header had crossed the line.
Even Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admitted the match officials bungled.
“The one over the line was definitely in and I have said all along, as a lot of Premier League managers have, that the technology must come in," he said.
“It has cost Everton a crucial goal here, though this could be a massive, massive result for us. We showed we were never going to give in.”
Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper said: “The ball was behind me. I genuinely thought I had saved it but apparently it was over the line.”
Everton's goals were scored by Leighton Baines and Victor Anichebe in the 15th and 88th minutes respectively. Newcastle replied through Demba Ba in the 49th and 90th minutes.