10 man Toffees draw at QPR

Everton were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road after playing the final 30 minutes with 10 men.

Everton have certainly been the victims of some poor refereeing this season and that curse struck again on Sunday, with Mr Moss sending off Steven Pienaar for a pretty innocuous foul. In truth, the official caved into the pressure of the Loftus Road crowd, producing a second yellow card for the slightest coming together between the South African and a QPR player. Everton were forced from that moment on to show their resilience, and that was typified by Phil Jagielka who produced an outstanding display at the back.

The game started in disappointing fashion. Despite not touching the ball for the first 2 minutes, QPR found themselves 1-0 up after 3, with a break away goal from an Everton corner, a long-range Hoilett shot deflecting past Tim Howard and into the goal.

Everton slowly forced their way back into the game and were level before half time. Sylvain Distin was left unmarked at a free kick and powered a header of the post and the back of the QPR keeper and into the net. Everton from this moment continued to push forward in an attempt to take advantage of the fragile confidence of the home team. Firstly Jelavic was fouled in the box, although astonishingly the referee ignored the Blues penalty claim. Moments later a corner into the box fell on to the head of Jagielka, but the England defenders header crashed onto the bar and away.

All in all the Blues will be relatively pleased with a point, but face the disappointment of going into the derby without Pienaar. It’s a big week on Merseyside, let’s hope its the Blues celebrating come Sunday afternoon.

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