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Everton: VAR may have missed a huge decision during latest victory

Everton: VAR may have missed a huge decision during latest victory - Everton News

It seems that Everton got away with one massive VAR incident after Michael Keane kicked the back of Ivan Toney’s leg.

The Lowdown: Much-needed win for Everton

Once again, it was a 1-0 home victory which was enough for Everton to pick up a hugely important three points, and perhaps unlikely win given the form Brentford had been on as of late.

The toffees huffed and puffed on Saturday afternoon and managed to keep out an in-form Brentford side thanks to some top-class Jordan Pickford saves and also a goal-line clearance from scorer Dwight McNeil.

However, one thing teams certainly can’t afford to do against Brentford is give away penalties because of Toney’s superb record from the spot and Keane will be very thankful VAR didn’t intervene when he made contact with the striker.

The Latest: VAR ignores a potential penalty

It wasn’t much longer after McNeil handed the hosts a rapid first-half lead that Keane lost his man which allowed Toney to head the ball marginally wide of the far post, although he appeared to have been impeded.

While Toney didn’t appeal for a penalty, the footage certainly looks as though Keane rather clumsily kicked the back of Toney’s leg as he tried desperately to stop the striker from getting a shot on target.

The Verdict: Swings and roundabouts from VAR

It’s rather strange that Toney doesn’t really appeal, though he does look more annoyed at himself for missing the opportunity. Though, it does look as if he’s almost knocked over as he goes for the header with Michael Keane tackling with the back of his legs rather clumsily.

While Everton may well have got away with a big decision from VAR in this incident, Evertonians may be furious that the technology ruled out Demarai Gray’s first-half goal that would’ve doubled the hosts’ lead.

Therefore, it looks as though Everton got both sides of VAR on Saturday afternoon and it seems as though the decisions evened themselves out over the course of the 90 minutes, although that’s not exactly how the technology should be working.

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Keane has been handed a lifeline at Everton under Sean Dyche – who know each other from their Burnley days – but if he is to maintain his starting spot alongside James Tarkowski, then he must be more aware of his surroundings in and around the box.

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