Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew admitted his side had to work hard for their draw at Everton, but felt his side were denied two clear penalties at Goodison Park.
Scott Dann’s header put Palace ahead in the 76th minute, but Romelu Lukaku pulled the hosts level five minutes later to ensure the match finished 1-1.
While Pardew admits they had to fight hard for the draw, he felt things would have been easier had a penalty been given against Gareth Barry for pulling Mile Jedinak’s shirt in the first half or for a Ramiro Funes Mori tackle on Jordon Mutch late on.
“I think the pull on the shirt was certainly a penalty,” he said.
“The second one I think is a penalty as well. He has gone to ground. He has not won the ball and has clipped Mutch.
“I can’t understand how he (referee Craig Pawson) has not see that from 12 yards.
“But we still can’t moan about the result. It was two great teams in terms of commitment and effort.
“Sometimes you come across teams who not in the best form but Everton were at the top of their game and we had to hang on at times.
“It was great discipline from the team but it was a game that we could have won. We defended well and had chances on the break.
“A draw was a fair result and we are very pleased because it takes us to sixth place with a home game to come.”