Everton 1 Manchester City 3: Toffees throw away lead and lose to City again

The Blues were beaten tonight courtesy in part of another controversial decision by the officials after taking the lead in the first half.
Everton FC v Manchester City - Premier League
Everton FC v Manchester City - Premier League / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Despite Jack Harrison's well taken first-haf goal from Dwight McNeil's excellent ball into the box, Everton couldn't add another and eventually, inevitably, City got back into the match.

In truth the Blues didn't start well and as they still have a tendancy to do, gave the ball away too cheaply allowing City to settle into their rythym quickly.

This is especially dangerous when playing a team that thrives on controlling possession and dictating the pace and tempo of a match as much as City do. And have won so many games doing so.

However, the home side did find their feet and the high pressing tactics they were employing began to unsettle the visitors.

And it was Everton who opened the scoring with a really well crafted and taken goal. McNeil supplied one of his fine crosses to the near post and Harrison slotted the ball home with ease.

But the Blues didn't add another despite having a few further chances to do so with Harrison having another chance himself, and that was always likely to prove costly.

In the second half City upped their game and first Phil Foden fired in with a shot that Jordan Pickford couldn't keep out. More on that later.

Then came the most controversial moment of the match and of course this being an Everton game there had to be one.

Amadou Onana got in the way of a blasted shot in the box which hit him hard from nearly point blank range and a penalty was awarded by the officials on the pitch.

While of course technically the decision was the right one, it once again underlined the problems with the way the game's rules are being interpreted and applied.

Clearly there has to be a difference between a deliberate handball where a player uses his arm to block or push the ball away - as City's Rodri did two seasons ago at Goodison - and a situation where the player is in the way of a shot and his arms insticntively go up to protect him.

Well anyway the penalty was scored and City had the lead. They never looked like surrendering it once they had it.

The coup-de-grace came from a Pickford error as the England keeper inextricably gave away possesion and Bernado Silva fired home to give the champions all three points.

After two consecutive losses and woth their rivals having enjoyed good results recently things have got more difficult for Everton. Victory at in-form Wolves in their next match seems almost a must.