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Everton boss David Moyes angered by bad Kompany

By SImon Stone

Everton boss David Moyes has accused Vincent Kompany of deliberately trying to hurt Tim Cahill during Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester City.

The incident occurred in the second-half, when the game was still goalless. Cahill was booked for a rash challenge, but as Kompany took evasive action, he landed on the midfielder's leg.

Cahill was replaced by Louis Saha and Moyes reported afterwards his player had only suffered bruising to his shin, but he felt the damage could have been far worse and pointed the finger at Kompany.

"The boy does him. He definitely sees his shin going in and stands on it. People who have been players know what I am talking about," said Moyes.

"I don't think it is too bad. It just looks like bruising, but they are the ones where it doesn't take much to crack your shin.

"The officials seemed to spot most other things, but they did not spot the big one. Referees are judged on big decisions."

Moyes was not impressed by the performance of World Cup final referee Howard Webb and his officiating team, whom he felt showed inconsistency in the way they handled the game and got a key decision wrong in the build-up to Mario Balotelli's opener.

"Overall, we found the way the officials treated us really difficult to take," said Moyes. "We found it difficult to talk to them."

Everton finished the game with five yellow cards compared to City's one, which Moyes did not feel was a fair reflection of how the game panned out, pointing out one contrast where an Everton player did not get a free-kick for a challenge very similar to one Leon Osman was booked for earlier in the game.

"There is a challenge on the edge of the box by Vincent Kompany on Louis Saha that was not much different to the one by Leon Osman on Micah Richards," he said. "What we want is a bit of consistency."

Moyes' game-plan looked like paying off until the introduction of Balotelli after an hour.

It did not take long for the Italian to bag his first Premier League goal since February and set City on a victory march that was secured by fellow substitute James Milner in the final minute.

"I was lucky with the substitutions," said City manager Roberto Mancini.

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