EVERTON manager David Moyes believed that Adlene Guedioura’s tackle on John Heitinga that led to Wolves’ equaliser would have been penalised by most officials – but refused to blame referee Lee Mason for the Blues dropping two points in their first home game of the Premier League season.
The Algerian substitute’s feet were off the floor when he caught Heitinga with a wild lunge in the centre of the pitch but as the Dutchman laid flat out on the Goodison Park turf, Mason waved play on and Wolves broke free to net through Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and earn a share of the spoils.
Moyes said: “Some days the referees will give it and some days they won’t.
“When the referees all look at that together I would probably think the majority would say it’s a free-kick. Maybe they wouldn’t? At the end of the day we didn’t get it and I’m certainly not whinging over a tackle in the middle of the park.
“The frustration is that we didn’t go on and capitalise on our dominance in the first half and continue it. We gave Wolves an opening and there was always a chance they could go and do it.
“There were a lot of similarities to the games in which we’ve played them before.”
Moyes was more concerned with his own substitute Louis Saha giving away possession cheaply in the build-up to the move which led to Heitinga having to contest the loose ball with Guedioura.
He said: “In the second half we made a really poor mistake. Yes, Wolves had picked up a little bit but in the main we were coping with most of it and it looked likely that we would go on and get a second goal somewhere in it.
“When the mistake led to the goal it changed the whole mood on the field.
“It was a bad decision and a lack of concentration. But people don’t go out to make wrong decisions, they go out there to try and get it right.
“We didn’t do enough to cause problems at the other end.”
Despite bossing play for long periods, Everton failed to capitalise on their dominance and Moyes admits that his side’s lack of a cutting edge is a concern.
He said: “We may be a bit short at the top end of the pitch – that’s something we’ve said. We’re quite aware of that.
“I wanted to play Tim more as a striker so it was a bit more 4-4-2, to play him even higher than he normally would for us and I thought it worked well in the first half.
“We’re still finding the right blend. We’re a little bit short in the wide areas in what we want – we know that.
“We changed from last week and we tried to be more creative and in the main we were. There were a lot of balls in and around the box so there were bits of our play that were okay and others that weren’t.”
After a successful pre-season on and off the pitch, with Moyes retaining his key players, hopes were high that this could be a successful season for the Blues but given the poor start his injury-ravaged side made last season, the Scot is wary that his team don’t fall too far behind their rivals after picking up just one point from their first two Premier League matches this term.
He said: “I hope we never made excuses last year. We’ve got a really good squad to pick from and at the moment we’re just slightly under-performing from what we want.
“We don’t want to be playing catch-up. We always knew that our start to the season was quite a tough one.”