Everton manager David Moyes has put the pressure on the referee of tonight’s match, Alan Wiley, by suggesting that referees have been giving Liverpool a helping hand in recent Merseyside Derbies.
The Toffees host the Reds in the third Derby match in as many weeks with a place in the FA Cup fifth round at stake.
And Moyes feels hard done by with decisions by referees in the Derby matches. He said ahead of tonight’s game, ‘œWe are wholehearted, but when you get players lying on the floor waving their hands suggesting cards and the referee is missing challenges, it’s very hard.
‘œBut we will keep going. We won’t be provoked by it. We will be disciplined but, more importantly, we will keep doing what we have been doing.
‘œWe thought we had a penalty kick when Steven Pienaar was tackled from behind. Was it much worse than the one Mikel Arteta gave away at Old Trafford on Saturday? There are moments in games when you think it could have gone for you, but it doesn’t.’
Everton vs Liverpool kicks off at Goodison Park tonight at 8.10pm and is live on ITV1.