The Athletic’s Everton reporter Patrick Boyland has been left stunned by the decision by VAR to allow Bournemouth’s second goal to stand this afternoon.
The Lowdown: Lampard under pressure
Frank Lampard will certainly be feeling the pressure after his team’s disappointing Carabao Cup exit against the Cherries in midweek was followed up by another heavy defeat against the same opponents.
The hosts raced into a 2-0 lead in the first half through goals from Marcus Tavernier and Kieffer Moore, but there was some controversy with the Welshman’s effort as James Tarkowski was down with a head injury in the penalty box just prior to the goal going in.
The Latest: Boyland stunned
Taking to Twitter, Boyland was left stunned that play was not stopped straight away after the Everton defender went down with a head injury, calling it an ‘absolute shambles’.
The journalist fumed: “Tarkowski down with head injury in six-yard box. Play should be stopped straight away. Absolute shambles.”
After VAR checked the decision to play on before the goal was scored, they decided to allow it to stand, which Boyland described as ‘incredible’.
He added: “VAR checks it but allows the goal to stand. Incredible.”
The Verdict: Everton hard done by
Everton could feel extremely hard done by that the decision was made to allow the goal, as the referee should blow his whistle straight away if there is a player with a head injury on the pitch in order to prioritise their safety.
Tarkowski can clearly be seen holding his head in the penalty area before Moore put the ball in the net, so the goal should have been overturned.
What makes matters worse is that there was a similar incident later on in the first half, as Tavernier had a head injury for which the referee blew up when the Toffees were on the attack.
The officials simply need to be more consistent with their decisions, and even though Everton were well beaten in the end, they will no doubt be furious over the two incidents which both went against them, as they could have changed the course of the game.
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