Everton boss hits out at the 'absolutely bizarre' thing that happened against Newcastle United

Everton manager Seab Dyche, (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Everton manager Seab Dyche, (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Everton manager Seab Dyche, (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Everton manager Sean Dyche names the 'absolutely bizarre' thing that happened against Newcastle United.

Sean Dyche was left baffled at how long it took for Everton to be awarded a penalty in their 1-1 draw against Newcastle United on Tuesday night.

Having trailed 1-0 to Alexander Isak's early opener, Dyche's side earned a point when substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin converted from the penalty spot in the 88th minute.

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Paul Dummett, who came on for Lewis Hall moments earlier, brought down Ashley Young in the area. Referee Tony Harrington initially waved away the Toffees' appeals before he was instructed by VAR to take a second look at the pitchside monitor.

Everton manager Seab Dyche, (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Everton manager Seab Dyche, (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
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And following a lengthy stoppage, Harrington overturned his originally decision and Calvert-Lewin got the better of Martin Dubravka, despite the United goalkeeper getting a hand to it.

Calvert-Lewin hadn't scored for 23 games but Dyche admits he was more nervous about the wait for the penalty to be awarded.

The Everton manager said: "I fancied Dom to score but I was more nervous about how long it took to get one. We can't get them. We didn't get one Saturday and you're thinking 'not again surely'. But once he [Dominic Calvert-Lewin] was standing there I fancied him to score and I'm pleased he did.

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"The penalty, of course, we've only had one this season. We should have had one Saturday and I don't know why they had to look at that 100 times - absolutely bizarre I think because I've seen it back and it gets given straight away.

"Anyway, they did get to the right decision so we're pleased with that and that and Dom put it away so I'm pleased for him as well." On his team's performance, Dyche added: "I was pleased with the second-half particularly. I wasn't over questioning the first-half, apart from a soft goal I thought it was a pretty decent performance.

"But at half-time I mentioned about that edge and how we turn that into a winning performance and I thought the second-half was a very valid attempt to do that. We didn't get the win but we got a good point on the road in the Premier League."

Everton are four points above the Premier League relegation zone while Newcastle sit eighth, one point behind West Ham United as they eye European qualification.

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