Mark Hughes believes Everton’s last-gasp equaliser was unjust in more ways than one after Southampton saw two points snatched away in a cruel late twist at Goodison Park.
Half-time substitute Nathan Redmond nodded Saints in front, before Maya Yoshida was dismissed for a second bookable offence five minutes from time.
Not only did Hughes feel Saints were deserving of victory on the balance of play, but also that Redmond should not have been penalised for a foul in the lead up to Tom Davies’s heart-breaking equaliser, which arrived in the sixth minute of added time after only four were signalled.
“We’re disappointed because we haven’t got what we deserved – that’s sport and that’s football, sometimes that happens,” said the boss.
“We clipped a great ball into the corner for Nathan to chase down. He’s done better than anybody could’ve expected to win the ball and the assistant referee hasn’t flagged.
“We should be allowed to carry on. Lo and behold Jon Moss, who is 30 yards behind play, decides to give a free kick when he clearly can’t see what we see.
“He then compounds the problem by allowing them to play the ball ten or 15 yards away from where it should be.
“In the end, we’ve probably made a couple of wrong decisions, which can happen when you’re down to ten men and tiredness plays a part.
“With hindsight, Ryan (Bertrand) knows he should allow the ball to go out and we can defend the throw-in with ten or 15 seconds left in the game.
“They’ve got very, very lucky today. Clearly they didn’t deserve anything out of it, but that’s football.”