Marco Silva

Silva blasts officials as Blues throw away lead

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Everton boss Marco Silva said that the referee’s assistant made a “clear mistake” today as he watched his side throw away a two nil half time lead to lose at Newcastle United this afternoon.

The Blues were ahead within half an hour as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison found the back of the net either side of a penalty save from Jordan Pickford.

That was all in a frenetic first half where the Blues managed to keep control of an end-to-end game at St James’ Park, but in the second period the home side came out and turned the game on it’s head.

But it was the third, winning, goal which infuriated Silva – so much so that he ran onto the pitch at the end of the game to remonstrate with the officials.

Ayoze Perez was in an initially offside position as the ball was lofted into the Everton box, but was walking back away from goal with his hands in the air, only to turn when the ball went over his head. Solomon Rondon then played the ball and Perez smashed home from close range.

“The third goal is a big mistake from the assistant,” Silva said at his post-match press conference.

“It is clearly offside.

“The first-half was under control. We spoke at half-time, we had to keep doing the same and kill the game in the first 15 minutes.

“But we didn’t create more changes. They changed formation, played long balls and caused us problems.

“Everything I have to say to our players I will say in our dressing room. We lost because it is our fault. If we did what we should’ve in the first 15 minutes of the second-half will we score the third goal.

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