Chelsea further underlined the class of their title credentials last night when they left it late to secure a 1-0 win over hard fighting Everton at the Stamford Bridge and when the players and Jose Mourinho ought to be relishing such an awesome effort, Everton boss, Roberto Martinez is of the opinion that centre referee, Jonathan Moss was under pressure to hand Gareth Barry a red card before the Blues capitalized on the personnel disadvantage to record a late winner in London.
Everton fans were already bracing up for a share of the spoils particularly as goalkeeper, Tim Howard had produced some breath-taking saves to keep the Toffees in the game, however, with Mourinho dishing out orders from the technical side, Chelsea took the game to the visitors once again and this time Willian had his shot deflected into Howard’s net with just about 2 minutes left on the clock. With this development, the Stamford Bridge outfit will remain in a comfortable 7 point lead at the summit of the English Premier League table.
A visibly frustrated Martinez however insists that the Chelsea players pressurized the referee into expelling Barry which gave the Blues undue advantage. While speaking with BBC Sports, the Toffee boss revealed that whenever a player appears to have committed a foul, the pressure that the referee feels cannot be explained because he feels the need to make a decision in the spur of the moment. He also expressed how disappointing it was to see the referee hand Barry a second yellow in the match.
Martinez insists that if the Chelsea players had not crowded the referee, he might have waved the second challenge away but since he didn’t, Chelsea were more relaxed especially as Barry absence gave Chelsea more space to operate in the midfield and in a ripple effect resulted in the only goal of the match.