SUCH was the obvious umbrage of David Moyes at the failings of the officials on Monday night, repeated viewing would most likely have not lightened his mood.
But rather than file the DVD of the match alongside any previous video nasties, the Everton manager believes the re-run gives cause for great encouragement.
“It’s frustrating as it’s the job of the officials to get things right, but looking back at the game again, I thought that we played some very good football,” says Moyes. “We are pleased with the performance of the team and the players.”
Such an upbeat assessment is not misplaced. But the combination of wrongly disallowed goals and Newcastle United substitute Demba Ba’s dramatic late equaliser mean Everton head to Swansea City for today’s early Premier League kick-off with their early-season momentum in danger of grounding to a halt.
After opening with successive wins over Manchester United and Aston Villa, the 2-2 draw with Newcastle followed a disappointing 2-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion before the international break.
It has prompted mutters of Everton once again in danger of stuttering over the early part of the season, despite the Goodison outfit being within minutes of moving second alongside United earlier this week.
And while Moyes admits the trip to the Liberty Stadium could help assuage such fears, the Everton manager is convinced the backdrop to the results this season is much different to that of recent years.
“People have focused in the past on Everton having a bad start to the season,” says the Goodison manager.
“But we tend not to do that badly over the first two or three games, it’s the games between four and 10
that haven’t gone so well.
“It makes the Swansea game an important one. But the difference between now and other seasons is the style of football we are playing.
“People can’t turn around and say Everton don’t deserve to be winning games. I thought we deserved a point at best at West Brom, but in all the other games I think we deserved to win.”
Crucial to that shift in form has been the arrival of Nikica Jelavic.
While the Croatian has provided the end product that had been previously lacking from Everton, his overall performances and manner in which he leads the line have helped make the team a more dynamic
Jelavic will be absent this afternoon having suffered one knock too many during a bruising first half against Newcastle in which the woodwork, the opposition and even his own team-mate contrived to force him to hobble out of action.
And although Moyes accepts the striker will be a significant loss, Everton demonstrated in the second half against Newcastle that they are now a much more potent outfit.
“The difference Jelavic has made to the way we play can be seen from our run of results from January onwards,” he says.
“I know we had run into a bit of form just before Christmas, but in the New Year transfer window we knew we were short of strikers and we knew we needed more creativity.
“We brought Jelavic and Steven Pienaar in, and it really changed us around. We are seeing the fruits of that now.
“We finished last season well, but we’ve really picked up on that. We look much more likely to score goals.
“But even after Jelavic had gone off against Newcastle, we still looked like we could score goals in the second half but we weren’t given them.
“Everton look like they can score two or three goals in every game now.”
The return of Pienaar has, of course, meant a reunion with Leighton Baines down the left flank, a partnership which allowed the latter to net the opener against Newcastle.
Moyes, though, does not want to become overly reliant on the productive pairing.
“The combination between Baines and Pienaar is excellent, but I’m going to mix it up this season,” he says.
“There will be times when I put Mirallas on the left because I don’t want our team to become too predictable.
“We have to at times be ready to make changes and alter it slightly.”
Marouane Fellaini’s form has mirrored that of the team this season, starting in impressive fashion before a brace of mixed performances.
The Belgian didn’t help matters earlier this month by intimating he is most likely playing his last season at the club.
Fellaini, though, believes Everton can target silverware following their summer recruitment drive.
“It shows the club has ambition and wants to win something,” he says.
“The FA Cup or the League Cup are possibilities. The league is difficult because of some of the clubs in England but it shows we want to win something and also qualify for Europe.
“I am happy here because I play for a good team, a great club with great supporters. I have a great manager and every season I have been here I have become a better player.
“This is the best squad since I have been here. The boss has kept players and signed good players. We'll do our best to win a trophy.”
Fellaini netted in Everton’s opening two games and was denied another goal by an erroneous offside decision against Newcastle.
With Phil Neville poised to move to right-back this afternoon should Tony Hibbert be ruled out, Fellaini may be asked to drop back to a more defensive role.
And he says: “I feel good but the most important thing is that we have started well. Every player around me is helping me, playing well and with confidence.
“I am enjoying playing further forward. I can get in the box and score goals which is good, so I am happy. I am also happy playing defensively but this season I have been able to help the team with goals.”