Southampton boss Mark Hughes blames Jon Moss for Everton equaliser
Last Updated: 05/05/18 11:42pm
Mark Hughes fumed at Jon Moss after Everton equalised with more than a minute of additional added time played against Southampton.
Tom Davies' 96th-minute goal levelled the scores at Goodison Park after Moss had indicated only four would be added. The goal followed a questionable free-kick awarded against Nathan Redmond, and taken from a distance away from where the foul occurred.
"Unfortunately the officials towards the end of the game haven't covered themselves in glory if we are honest," Hughes said.
"Nathan Redmond is in the corner and has done a fantastic job to nick the ball off the toes of their centre-half.
"The assistant referee is about two or three yards away and clearly sees it isn't a foul but Jon Moss, as he usually is, about 30 yards behind play, decided to give a free-kick.
"To compound that situation he allows them to take it from the wrong position, 10 to 15 yards ahead, and at that point we are still arguing about whether it should have been a free run on goal for ourselves.
"It was difficult to get our shape back, we'd lost a man to a sending-off, and in the end, with hindsight, as a consequence of being down to 10 men we got tired and made the wrong decisions.
"Ryan Bertrand tried to take the ball further up the pitch, got cut out and they get a shot off which gets deflected.
"We are just disappointed with the performances of the officials because it has had a direct impact on us."
Hughes added: "Before games we shouldn't, as management teams, worry about which referees we have got, but it happens too often and that's what everyone does: you worry about the referees being strong enough, worry about them playing a direct part in getting key decisions correct or incorrect.
"You shouldn't have to worry about it. They should be the best and unfortunately they are not."