David Moyes has raised the temperature on his side's second FA encounter with Liverpool even higher by accusing Everton's Merseyside neighbours of feigning injury and attempting to get his own players booked.
Moyes - still smarting from the Goodison league encounter in October 2007 in which Mark Clattenburg dismissed Tony Hibbert, seemingly after a word from Steven Gerrard, as well as Phil Neville, but allowed Jamie Carragher to escape with a foul in his own area - spoke plainly.
“I think Liverpool have had an awful lot going for them,” Moyes said. “We are whole-hearted but when you get players lying on the floor and waving their hands suggesting cards and the referee is missing challenges, it's very hard.”
Moyes, who has the Manchester City loan striker Jo at his disposal tonight, remains insistent that Everton should have been awarded a penalty five minutes into the Anfield tie after Steven Pienaar seemed to have his heels clipped by Alvaro Arbeloa.
“Would it be a penalty for Liverpool in front of The Kop?” Moyes asked, after the game and he added yesterday: “There are moments in games when you think it could have gone for you but it doesn't.”