Ronald Koeman

Koeman: City tried to influence Schneiderlin red

ronaldkoemanEverton boss Ronald Koeman says that Manchester City were trying to influence referee Bobby Madley in the sending off of Morgan Schneiderlin tonight.

Schneiderlin was sent off for a ridiculous second booking late in the second half after Kyle Walker was sent from the pitch for an almost equally ridiculous second yellow in the first.

Koeman says that City were always going to try and influence things, but Sergio Aguero’s play-acting would have given Tom Daly a run for his money by the pool.

Koeman said “They did not create a lot of open chances. They had the domination in the game and on the counter attack. We had some good opportunities.

“I am not surprised about Wayne Rooney. I know how eager he was to come back to Everton. We are really happy that he is back.

“Dominic Calvert-Lewin did well. He ran a lot and made it difficult for the Manchester City defenders. Then you can come out of your box and control.

“I think you can have your doubts about both red cards. Morgan Schneiderlin was more clear, he was playing the ball. I didn’t see if Kyle Walker’s was a second yellow.

“It is really difficult for referees. It is high intensity in the game. Of course after the sending off of Walker they tried to influence the referee.”

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