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Sean Dyche slams VAR for missed penalty in Luton-Everton draw


Everton boss Sean Dyche believes VAR missed a second penalty for his side during the 1-1 draw with Luton Town on Friday night.

The Toffees denied the Hatters a crucial three points at Kenilworth Road, with Dyche’s side safe from relegation despite their points deduction.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot before Elijah Adebayo equalised a few minutes later.

Luton pushed on in search of a winner that would have lifted them above 17th-placed Nottingham Forest but the Merseysiders stood firm away from home.

Dyche reflected on the game with the BBC and believes his side should have had a second penalty, stating that VAR is too inconsistent when it comes to contact in the box.

He said: “We weren’t where we’ve been performance-wise, but credit to them though.

“They put the pressure on with a lot of long and diagonal balls – there’s nothing wrong with that by the way.

“Overall we dealt with that pretty well, though they did score a goal from that.

“Another day, I know there’s a lot of news and noise recently about penalties, but I’m amazed we didn’t have another one.

“The one on Dwight McNeil, I’ve seen it back and his foot has clearly gone on top of Dwight’s foot.

“That one, from the penalties I’ve seen this season, I’m very surprised they’ve not given that.

“Everybody is talking about minimal contact, I know there’s a lot of noise for other clubs, but that’s the third one we’ve had this season.

“If they stand on your foot, how can you run? If your foot is in the air and you’re tapped, I can understand that. But if they stand on your foot, it’s probably going to bring you down.

“I thought we were a bit off it, not on the beach by the way. But the quality of the play and the demand of winning just softened a little.

“We’re playing against a team who are fighting for their lives and fair play to them. Nobody gave them a chance at the start of the season.”

Luton striker Adebayo will be disappointed with just a single point in front of the home crowd which has left them on the brink of relegation straight back down into the Championship.

He admits his players feel flat after the match but he will do his best to bring them back up ahead of the final two games of the season.

Adebayo said: “The boys are a little bit flat in there but we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

“We’ll do what we have to do. The boys have everything, pushed them back and made them defend. We’ll see how it goes.”


Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.


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