DAVID Moyes insists Howard Webb is the perfect official to handle Saturday’s potentially explosive Wembley derby.
The Blues take on Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final, which will be the first meeting between the sides at the national stadium since 1989.
Earlier this week Reds boss Kenny Dalglish expressed fears that supporters may believe there is a conspiracy against his team, following what he claims were a succession of debatable decisions.
But Moyes declined to put further pressure on Webb and his Wembley officials, as he looks to knock his rivals out of the competition for the second time in four years.
He said: “We will go with the referee on the day,” said the Goodison manager. “We will trust his judgement.
“No doubt I will be shouting if things don’t go right but that’s what you do if you’re a manager.
“We are not arguing with the referees at Everton. We’ve had bad decisions here, and have had to take them on the chin.
“I’ve not made too big a fuss of it. I’ve not called Mike Riley or spoke to him. We have to go with the integrity of the referee, which we will do.”
Moyes was referring to the visit of referee chief Riley to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground earlier this season, after Dalglish complained about the standard of officiating.
Two weeks later Liverpool benefited from a controversial, and since rescinded, red card for Jack Rodwell to win the Goodison Premier League derby 2-0.
And Moyes said: “A similar thing happened before the first game when we got a player sent off. I don’t know what Liverpool’s business is.
“Mike Riley went in to see them (Liverpool). He didn’t come to see us.”
Jack Rodwell and cup-tied Steven Pienaar aside, Moyes is likely to select from a full-strength squad this weekend.
Despite having lost only three of their last 17 games, the bookmakers have Everton as slight underdogs against a Liverpool team who, while winning the Carling Cup, are a place below the Toffees in the league.
“The bookies are very rarely wrong, aren’t they?” said Moyes. “And the bookies will see Liverpool as favourites undoubtedly.
“I think because of the quality Liverpool possess and the squad, that’s why I think most people who bet will put Liverpool as favourites.
“But we do the best we can at Everton. Whoever we bring in always works very hard to try and make whatever gulf there is as little as possible.
“Liverpool have got a great history but Everton in the past have had a great history as well. We’re going to try to be positive, we’re going to try to give ourselves every opportunity.”