Forest outburst overshadows Everton win on Sunday

The Midlands club were aggrieved at several decisions that didn't go their way yesterday and took to social media afterwards to slam the officiating.
Everton FC v Nottingham Forest - Premier League
Everton FC v Nottingham Forest - Premier League / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

This response from the visitors claimed that referee Anthony Taylor's decisions in the 2-0 win for Everton were 'unacceptable' and that the VAR official was biased as he is allegedly a Luton Town fan.

Well, Blues fans can certainly tell you plenty about dodgy refereeing and they will take no lectures from another Premier League club when it comes to feeling hard done by at the hands of officials!

And while the Toffees have certainly questioned plenty of the decisions that have been made this season in their games, never have the club itself issued such a public statement of discontent.

The list of examples where the Blues can have justification for complaint are numerous and almost is as long as your arm.

And given that two of the decisions yesterday were around claims for a penalty, Everton would of course point out that they were the last Premier League team to be awarded a spot-kick this campaign and have still only had two with just five games of the season left.

The reaction to Forest's outburst has been widespread and has even included calls for a possible response from the Premier League over the comments.

Anyway, we shall see what if anything comes of it.

But what it has done is overshadowed to some extent the Toffees win which secured such an important three points against one of their relegation rivals.

Everton came into the match still reeling from that six goal thrashing at Chelsea and with three defenders having picked up injuries in the defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Two of them full-backs Nathan Patterson and Seamus Coleman couldn't make it yesterday but crucially centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite did.

He was outstanding again in what was a strong overall response as was the midfield in front of him, particularly Idrissa Gueye, - unlikely scorer of the first goal - and Andre Gomes.

There was also some evidence that manager Sean Dyche is also beginning to alter his approach a little by trusting Gomes from the start and giving Dwight McNeil a bit more license to get forward.

Now the Blues have beaten two of the clubs in the mix for the drop alongside them, after the victory over Burnley two weeks ago finally snapped that seemingly endless thirteen match win-less run.

With all the uncertainly about points deductions still hanging over them, Everton probably need at least two more wins and a draw to secure Premier League survival. They have five games left to do it.