DAVID MOYES admits Luis Suarez’s last-minute derby ‘winner’ was wrongly disallowed – but claims the Liverpool striker should not have been on the field to score in the first place.
Everton manager Moyes believes Suarez deserved to be sent off for a foul on Sylvain Distin 19 minutes from time of yesterday’s thrilling 2-2 draw at Goodison.
Suarez was instead cautioned by referee Andre Marriner after catching Distin on the back of his Achilles with a late challenge.
The Uruguayan then saw what television replays suggested was a perfectly good goal chalked off for offside in the fourth minute of injury time.
But Moyes said: “I’ve got to say he was a very lucky man to stay on the pitch for his tackle.
“Was it a straight red? Definitely. I’ve not seen any other tackles again but they’ve shown me the tackle from behind down Sylvain’s leg. It’s over the top, down the back of the leg.”
Of Suarez’s disallowed effort, Moyes added: “It was a goal but I don’t think it was a foul on Gerrard in the middle of the pitch.
“That was the wrong decision but it was also the wrong decision not to give the goal.”
Suarez had earlier seen his shot deflected in off Leighton Baines for Liverpool’s opener on 14 minutes, after which he raced towards the Everton bench and dropped dramatically to the turf – a pointed response to Moyes’s pre-match comments about the Uruguayan and diving.
The Everton manager, though, took the gesture in good humour and said: “I thought it was great. I actually quite liked that and it’s the sort of thing I’d have done if I’d have scored.
“Did I say anything to him? Not at all. If we’d have scored a third I probably would have done the same to him!
“But you’ve got to be careful what you do. He’s going to have to dive in front of a lot of managers now, isn’t he?”