Everton scraped to a 2-0 home win over AFC Bournemouth earlier today but the main talking points from the game all focused around the performance of hapless match referee Anthony Taylor.
This is not the first time that the 40-year-old has had a shocking game when the Blues are involved, but when you get hammered by both managers at the end of the game, you’ve certainly hit a new low.
Silva’s comments centered more around Taylor’s inconsistency that saw five Everton players booked and seventeen fouls called against the Toffees while the Cherries had only eight fouls called against them with no bookings.
“I’m sure if you are an Everton supporter this afternoon you are unhappy about the referee, I don’t have doubts about that.
”I’m not a coach who comes here to find excuses, I like to be honest with you all, but this [match] was really tough.
”It is not something that has just happened this afternoon, but this afternoon was really strange. It was a bad performance for sure, but in some moments I can have a bad performance.
”It is impossible I will be happy with that performance. They only had one clear chance and it was a foul on Zouma, I don’t understand how the referee didn’t see that foul. All the people in the stadium can see but that the referee and his assistants didn’t see that is strange.”
Cherries manager Eddie Howe was equally unhappy, saying that his side deserved at least one penalty and that Andre Gomes needed to be sent off.
“At the time, I thought the first penalty shout on Brooks probably was a penalty. I haven’t seen it back, so I may be wrong.
”At the end, I’ve then been told there was a stonewall [penalty], but that’s the way things are going for us at the moment.
”In terms of Andre Gomes, certainly from my view, I thought the first one could’ve been a yellow, as well as the second. If you add them together, he is lucky to stay on the pitch. I haven’t seen back the one at the end, though.
”It’s a difficult one to take and one that is similar to our recent run. Personally, I’m really pleased with our performance.”