April 19, 2024

Jamie Redknapp, a former midfielder for Liverpool, thinks Everton was fortunate to win despite giving up what he called a “blatant” penalty against Nottingham Forest.

Sean Dyche’s team was able to capture all three points thanks to a goal from Dwight McNeil in the second half. Everton’s outstanding performance throughout the game earned James Garner the player of the match award, and they limited the home team to little opportunities.

Redknapp, speaking on Sky Sports’ coverage, asserted that Everton was fortunate to escape handing away a penalty during a tussle between Ryan Yates and Doucoure at a right-wing corner. Both players ultimately fell to the ground as a result of the Everton midfielder appearing to be caught on the wrong side of the midfielder. The referee was not instructed to move to the screen-side monitor, thus although a VAR review was conducted, nothing more was learned about the incident.

It’s a decision that Redknapp could not understand: “This is one where the referee needs a little bit of help.” He began. “His body position is all wrong, he isn’t even looking at the ball. First, you have to look at the shirt pull and then, secondly, he tries to kick a lump out of him.

“That is as blatant a foul as you’d wish to see, and I don’t understand why VAR hasn’t intervened. VAR seem to be quick in getting involved in handballs where people are kicking from a yard away from someone. That is a foul, it’s so important they get this right.”

Everton played well to improve their existing circumstances despite the suspected penalty; with the win, they are now only two points behind Luton Town in 18th place in the table. The triumph also demonstrated their strong road performance; they have now won five of their previous six away games, with Liverpool being their lone loss.

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