Just minutes before halftime Everton were sitting pretty at Wolves, leading 1-0 from a Richarlison debut goal and for the most part holding their hosts back. However, Phil Jagielka made a bad first touch receiving a pass outside the box, was tracked down by Diogo Jota and as he slid in to recover, made contact with the onrushing player after clearing the ball.
Stunningly, the referee Craig Pawson reached straight for the red card and sent off the Blues captain without another consideration. To make things worse, he then allowed the hosts to scoot forward another few yards for the freekick, which Ruben Neves promptly dispatched in the far corner past the despairing dive of Jordan Pickford to tie the game.
After the game, manager Marco Silva was still infuriated by the decision, which has changed from denial of goalscoring opportunity to dangerous play a couple of times, and could determine whether Jagielka’s suspension is for one game or three.
“No no no. It was no foul. Looks like no foul, no foul. Then why is it a red card? It’s not a foul, it’s not a red card. Not yellow, not red card.
“Until the red card, they did not have one chance to score, that’s the truth. It was a harsh, harsh decision. Looks like no fault, was no foul, and of course not a red card. Not really a right decision by the ref at that moment.”
We’d have to agree with Silva there.