Martinez: “It was a heartbreaking moment”

Martinez: “It was a heartbreaking moment”

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has criticised the referee for allowing Chelsea’s equaliser to stand. 

The Toffees took a two goal lead after a John Terry own goal and a Kevin Mirallas strike, before Diego Costa and Cesc Fàbregas drew the Blues level. Ramiro Funes Mori then scored in stoppage time, but with the last kick of the game, John Terry equalised despite being offside.

After the game, Martinez, in what was his 250th Premier League game as a manager, spoke of his upset that his team were robbed of three points:

He said: “It was a heartbreaking moment for us because we deserved three points.

“You can talk about our fantastic performance, our character and the combination of us being hurt but being able to react and score three goals away from home.

“Then, there’s the understandable feeling of dropping two points from a game in which we had to play seven minutes of injury time, and the last action happens on seven minutes and 53 seconds and John Terry, with the final touch, is two-yards offside.”

However, Martinez pointed the finger at referee Mike Jones, who seemingly played a minute longer than time:

“Refereeing wise, you cannot justify [the extra-time added on].

“It cost us two points and you can imagine the players are feeling really down, but they have no reason to feel that way because it’s two points taken away from us and our performance was good enough to win the football game.

“The fourth official and referee are talking all the time. When the ball went out of play, before the action [of Chelsea’s third goal], the fourth official said time was up. But then the offside decision was as clear as you are going to see as well – it’s a major error.”