Swans could have been down to nine, says David Moyes
DAVID Moyes claimed Nathan Dyer could have seen a straight red card — and that Ashley Williams should have walked as well — after Everton's 3-0 beating of Swansea City.
The Blues boss was full of praise for his in-form team after they stretched Everton's remarkable unbeaten record against Swansea.
His only complaints were that the margin of victory was not greater — and that Swansea did not get into even more trouble with the referee.
Cheshire whistler Anthony Taylor booked four Swansea players as they racked up no fewer than 22 fouls, and dismissed Dyer for two yellows inside three second-half minutes.
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Dyer had his name taken for dissent, then got a second booking after a clumsy challenge on Leighton Baines just before the hour.
Williams, meantime, was only booked when he tripped Victor Anichebe in the 11th minute.
Taylor presumably felt Alan Tate was covering and Williams was therefore not the last man, but Moyes saw things differently.
"I haven't seen them again, but I felt Ashley Williams was lucky not to go," said the Everton boss.
"Victor Anichebe was definitely through on goal and the other defender (Tate) was always going to be the wrong side of him.
"And while I don't think the boy Dyer is that type, I thought he could have got a straight red card for his challenge, never mind a second yellow."
Everton had been on the wrong end of two poor decisions as they drew with Newcastle last Monday, but Moyes dismissed the notion that things had evened up somewhat after Marouane Fellaini handled in the lead-up to their opener this weekend.
"It's not luck," he said.
"If the ref's got it wrong he got it wrong, I couldn't see from where I was.
"But you wouldn't have said that it was down to luck that we won the game.
"The result and the performance matched each other.
''We played really well from the opening minutes right through to the end and I thought we should have scored more than we did.
"With the amount of the ball we had and the opportunities we made, we were wasteful in the final third at times."
There were some kind words for Swansea, with Moyes saluting the performance of Toffees keeper Tim Howard.
"We needed our goalkeeper to make three or four crucial saves," he pointed out.
"Swansea have been scoring a few more goals this season and they showed that threat again here."
Everton's win, which came courtesy of strikes from Anichebe, Kevin Mirallas and Fellaini, was their third of the new league season.
Their fine start to the campaign left the travelling fans suggesting they could win the league this term.
"We haven't had that too often at Everton," smiled Moyes.
"Anyone who watched us last week will know that we should probably have more points already, and the one other year where we got off to a start like this, we ended up in the Champions League.
"We have to try to do that again this year if we can."