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Everton 3 - 4 Stoke City: Martinez fury after costly late penalty

Everton 3-4 Stoke City

By Phil Medlicott

Everton boss Roberto Martinez criticised referee Mark Clattenburg after the Toffees were beaten by Stoke in dramatic circumstances at Goodison Park.

The Potters secured a 4-3 victory in stoppage time thanks to Marko Arnautovic's penalty.

Everton took the lead through Romelu Lukaku before a Xherdan Shaqiri brace put Stoke in control.

But the Toffees turned the game on its head as Lukaku hit his second and Gerard Deulofeu netted before Joselu's equaliser and Arnautovic's winner.

Clattenburg, taking a few seconds as he made the call, awarded the spot-kick after Arnautovic went down in the box under a challenge from John Stones.

And Martinez said following the game: "The feeling is extra frustrating because you cannot understand how such an experienced referee gives that decision.

"It is such a wrong call. Someone with his experience should understand the game a bit more.

"Clearly John Stones gets a touch of the ball and from that point on you can see there is a doubt from the referee.

"He does not give it straight away, so he wants confirmation, and he waits for the linesman -who is probably about 45 yards away - to give him his view.

"It is very disappointing at that point for us to lose a draw."

Martinez admitted Everton's performance could have been better, particularly in defence.

But the main focus of his post-match comments was Clattenburg, who he felt had also been wrong not to give a penalty following Erik Pieters' challenge on Seamus Coleman in the first-half.

"It is a game we didn't deserve to lose and it is one where we should have got more," said Martinez. "If you can't win it we should never have lost because of that terrible decision from the referee right at the end."

Martinez said he had spoken to Clattenburg after the match, and added: "I have huge respect for Mark's career - he has always been someone I felt was very honest and a perfectionist in what he wants to do.

"But clearly he was very much out of sorts here and his decisions punished us incredibly."

EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Galloway, McCarthy (Cleverley 26, Naismith 64), Barry, Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku.

Subs unused: Robles, Baines, Gibson, Besic, Osman

STOKE CITY: Butland, Johnson,, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Cameron (Walters 78), Whelan, Afellay, Shaqiri 9 (Van Ginkel 87), Bojan (Joselu 63), Arnautovic.

Subs unused: Haugaard, Wilson, Adam, Diouf.

Man of the match: Xherdan Shaqiri

Match rating: 9/10

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

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