West Ham 1 Everton 2
Sam Allardyce has long been an advocate of using technology to assist managers and players, and now he wants it to help referees, after the discussions following West Ham’s defeat by Everton were dominated by the performance of the man in the middle.
Anthony Taylor had a shocker, disallowing a decent goal, sending off one player from each side harshly and getting simple things such as corners wrong.
Taylor’s red card tally rose to five in 12 games, the highest in the Premier League so far, after the dismissals of Carlton Cole and Darron Gibson for raised boots, though neither challenge was as dangerous as Victor Anichebe’s kick in James Collins’ head, which went unpunished.
No wonder Allardyce was joined by David Moyes in his condemnation of the Manchester official.
From the 12th minute, when he ruled out a perfectly good goal by Leon Osman, to the last, when he dismissed Gibson in stoppage time, the managers, players and supporters were on his back.
Allardyce was manager of Blackburn when he complained about Taylor’s handling of their game with Fulham two years ago, when the official had just been promoted to the Premier League.
“I don’t dwell on what happened in the past, I only hope that by now he’s improved and matured.
“Hopefully he’s gained experience and got better, because that’s what happens to young players coming into the game. It’s the same for young refs as well, stepping up into the Premier League.
“I just take every referee’s performance on the day as I see it. You make your report to the people who look after the referees. They have a bigger responsibility to him now.”
Allardyce insists he is trying to improve the standard of refereeing. “Contrary to what everybody thinks, I’ve always given referees feedback on the level of performance that we monitor and always talk to them about it.
“I was the one back in 2001 urging Keith Hackett to allow the referees to get Prozone in. We had it because of the information it could give you. Referees got it in after that and it has been a great help to them. We also put monitors in our dugouts in 2005 but the Premier League ripped them out in 2006, which shows how backward they are.”
Allardyce has little time for those who oppose the introduction of technology, such as Uefa president Michel Platini.
“The only way to make it better for us all is to bring technology into it.
“Forget about your old Platinis who are antiquated. I know they’re in strong positions, but they’re not doing us any favours by not allowing technology to come into play.’’
Allardyce will lodge an appeal against Cole’s red card, andsupport Moyes in his appeal against Gibson’s sending-off.
The Everton manager will reciprocate, delighted though he is that his side won to keep up their impressive run this season, with only two defeats in 18 games.
They came from behind to win or draw for the ninth time this season, after Cole had put West Ham ahead against the run of play in the 14th minute. Everton had earlier been denied a goal from the outstanding Osman when one of Taylor’s assistants spotted a block on West Ham keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, an offence few others regarded as a foul.
But Victor Anichebe equalised with a header in the 65th minute, shortly before Cole saw red, and Steven Pienaar grabbed Everton’s winner. Gibson’s red card for a high boot on Mark Noble looked as harsh as Cole’s.
Moyes said: “I think he [Taylor] is new on the scene and you want to give him a chance. He’s quite a fair referee and I think he will listen. But it’s a shame we are not talking about how well Everton are playing at the moment.”
WEST HAM (4-5-1): Jaaskelainen 6, Tomkins 6, Collins 6, Reid 6, O’Brien 6, Taylor 6, Nolan 7, Noble 6, O’Neil 5, Jarvis 6, Cole 7.
EVERTON (4-4-2): Howard 7 Jagielka 7 Heitinga 5 Distin 7 Baines 7 Neville 7 Gibson 6 Osman 9 Pienaar 9 Anichebe 8 Jelavic 6.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
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