Moyes points the finger at opposite number Martinez after Everton are held at Wigan
21:14 GMT, 7 October 2012
David Moyes has accused Roberto Martinez of trying to influence referees by drawing attention to controversial calls made against Wigan this season.
Leighton Baines’ late penalty earned Everton a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium, but until then Moyes felt aggrieved that other decisions made by official Kevin Friend had gone against his side.
The Everton boss suspects the officials may have been swayed by Martinez, who was fined 10,000 by the FA last week after criticising Michael Oliver’s performance when Wigan lost at Manchester United last month.
Frustration: Phil Neville (centre) and Setevn Pienaar (right) complain to referee Kevin Friend
That was one of a number of incidents to concern Martinez this season and in his programme notes he again referred to ‘a few bad calls coming our way from referees in recent weeks’.
Moyes said: ‘I think Roberto has done a good job over the last few days of making sure that the referees gave them what was required.
‘We found it really hard to play against Wigan and then we also found it hard the way the decisions went.
‘Yes, we can approach (referees’ chief) Mike Riley and I’m sure other clubs do, but he has to look at the people who are working for him and whether they are doing well enough.’
Moyes was furious when assistant referee Mark Scholes failed to spot that Arouna Kone was half a yard offside as he headed Wigan in front and that Everton had two more penalty appeals rejected for challenges on Nikica Jelavic.
Controversy: Moyes felt that Kone (left) should have been flagged offside
He was also unhappy over what he felt were Wigan’s attempts to impede Marouane Fellaini at corners and turn the Belgian’s yellow card into a red when he caught Maynor Figueroa in the face with a trailing hand.
Moyes, who described Baines’ booking for a tackle on James McCarthy as ‘a joke’, added: ‘I think Fellaini needs more protection (from referees). He was two foot above Figueroa and anyone who has played the game knows you need to use your arms to get elevation.
‘I can’t understand when we have a corner kick what Fellaini would be doing to the Wigan players in their own penalty box Why would he be trying to foul They are standing on his toes.’
Moyes hailed Baines as ‘unstoppable’ after the England left back’s surging runs drove Everton back into the game before he maintained his 100 per cent penalty record in the Premier League – nine in nine for Everton and Wigan.
Spot on: Baines (left) was impressive once again for Everton
Ashley Cole’s Twitter controversy means Baines could start for England against San Marino on Friday, but Wigan skipper Gary Caldwell believes the Everton defender has earned his place on merit.
‘Without a doubt, he’s the best left back in the league,’ said Caldwell. ‘He’s back in the England team, he played the last game with Ashley Cole being out and he’s pushing for that place again. He’s the one player in Everton’s team you would target. When their left back is their most attacking player, that shows you he must be doing something right.’
Baines revealed he is starting to feel more at home in the England set-up now.
‘Yeah, definitely,’ he said. ‘I’ve felt that way for a while. I’ve started the last few games as well, which helps. I feel comfortable within the squad.’