Defending was poor, but we were let down by ref – Martinez

Date published: Sunday 20th December 2015 10:13

Roberto Martinez: Thinks he's the right man for the job

Everton boss Roberto Martinez was left frustrated by his side’s poor defending against Leicester – but felt the Foxes were given a helping hand by the referee.

Goals from Riyad Mahrez (two penalties) and Shinji Okazaki helped the table-toppers to a 3-2 win at Goodison, with Everton’s goals coming from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas.

Martinez unhappy with how his side conceded three goals at home and was particularly frustrated with the award of the first penalty when Ramiro Funes Mori fouled Shinji Okazaki, with the Leicester forward appearing to offer little threat.

“They are decisions you rely on the referee. The first penalty we need to do better, it is an action you ask the referee to make a decision as there is contact but is it a penalty?” he said.

“It is a decision you can understand both ways but from our point of view it is unnecessary to allow the referee to call that.

“He is going away from goal and we are in a good position and it was not a threatening action. We should have been more cool about defending that.

“The second one is a typical action: the striker (Vardy) sees the goalkeeper, looks for the contact and clearly there is contact.

“The referee needs to be very experienced to try to understand the player – I don’t think Jamie Vardy has control of the ball and invites the contact and 90 percent of the time those actions are not given.

“The throw-in before the third goal could have been a handball – but we cannot rely on referee’s decision, we need to be better on all three goals.

“It is not a time to blame the unfortunate action of the referee, we need to be better.”

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