Thrilling match marred by three bad decisions
22:53 GMT, 17 September 2012
Everton are the latest team to suffer from the slow introduction of goal-line technology.
Substitute Victor Anichebe's header hit the bar and TV pictures clearly show it then crossed the line, but assistant Ceri Richards failed to give the goal.
Well over: Victor Anichebe was not awarded a goal although the ball clearly crossed the line
The fact Marouane Fellaini earlier had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside by Richards, when played on by Steven Taylor's trailing leg, only added to Everton's frustration.
Richards can understandably say he couldn't be 100 per cent sure the ball had completely crossed the line so couldn't give it.
But for the offside goal that doubt must work in the attacker's favour.
Assistants are instructed to give the forward the benefit of the doubt.
Referee Mike Jones couldn't be blamed
for his assistant's errors, but later compounded them by failing to
play a simple advantage.
Ben Arfa broke and Steven Pienaar fouled him, but Ben Arfa still had
possession and lost the chance to build a great attack. Officials will
continue to make mistakes but must be helped with goal-line technology.
Why the delay
Hold up: Everton's Victor Anichebe puts the ball into the net, but his 'goal' was disallowed
And another one: The referee failed to play an advantage, halting a decent Hatem Ben Arfa run