Admittedly I wasn’t happy about the timing of today’s Merseyside derby. Halloween is now an excuse for people — read: me — to do stupid things in public. Thankfully, I kept a recorded note on my phone that reminded me I could not miss this game. I owe you one Samsung.
It was an electric match. Leighton Baines opened the scoring — own goal — for the Reds. Luis Suarez, the protagonist. Seamus Coleman over committed, allowing Jose Enrique to put a dangerous ball into the box that couldn’t be handled. Suarez’s ensuing dive in front of David Moyes will provide endless fodder for Footy scribes round the world. I liked it.
Six minutes later Suarez headed home a goal of his own. Phil Jagielka adorned the goat horns on this one — the defending from both sides was terrible in the first half.
Everton’s resolve is worth noting. Leon Osman began the comeback two minutes after all was seemingly lost, slotting home his first derby goal in 18 matches. Steven Naismith’s equalizer was the product of horrific defending from Liverpool, Enrique, Agger and Skrtel caught ball watching.
Unfortunately this game will be defined by a Suarez winner that should’ve counted. He doesn’t make it easy, but the diminutive striker was clearly the man of the match and deserved to celebrate a huge goal for his club. Andre Marriner’s assistant’s ruled the goal offside, replays indicate otherwise — can we use hawk-eye for this crap as well?
There is something to be said about the human aspect of officiating. However, there is too much on the line to continue allowing human error to play a part in the biggest games — or any game for that matter. It’s a battle that will not be won and I’m sure the purists out there disagree with me. One day.
It’s not conspiracy to claim Suarez’s reputation has affected on field decisions. It’s happening