Everton again failed to beat London opposition as champions elect Chelsea left Goodison Park with all three points, and Everton left contemplating a cup-tie against Manchester United without James Beattie or Tim Cahill.
Beattie was dismissed in the eigth minute for head-butting William Gallas at the second attempt, and, despite protestations from Blues’ boss and Beattie himself, a head-butt is a red-card offence, no matter how easily the player goes down, or how long for.
Moyes said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think it was sending off, when I was a centre-half IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have been ashamed to go down that easily.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a big centre half youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be ashamed to go down like that. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think John Terry would have gone down that easily.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think it spoiled the game for 40,000 people who came here today.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chelsea know that it was a big win for them but it shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have been. We should have given them a better game than what we did do but circumstances stopped us from being able to do that.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We wanted to give them a better game than we did do but today that wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t possible.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Beattie himself added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“For a start I can tell you that it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t an intentional head butt. I was chasing the ball into the corner and William Gallas was checking over his shoulder, blocking me off – he did it two or three times and was stopping as we were running.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I thought to myself: Ã¢â‚¬ËœIf youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to stop then IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just going to run over youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. As he went to stop I was going forward, our heads barely touched and it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t an intentional head butt.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was totally unintentional; IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve not even been suspended in my career let alone sent off and I think heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have stayed down a lot longer if IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have head butted him.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s devastating for myself and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d just like to say sorry to the manager, the rest of the lads and the fans.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Chelsea sealed the game with 20 minutes to go as Eidur Gudjohnsen slid home from a yard out after William Gallas had nodded Paulo Ferreira’s cross onto the bar.
Marcus Bent battles in his lone role up front
Everton remain fourth however, and five points clear of closest rivals Liverpool, as the diving Emile Heskey came back to haunt them and earn Birmingham a penalty in a game which saw the Brum beat Liverpool 2-0.
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