By Coral Barry
Roberto Martinez was furious with John Terry’s last-gasp equaliser in Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Everton manager claimed Terry was two yards offside when he produced the finish that levelled the scores and also that a minute extra of play was added beyond the allocated seven minutes of injury time.
There was 97 minutes and 50 seconds on the clock when Terry produced a superb flicked finish to level the game and end Martinez’s hopes of securing his first win as manager at the Bridge.
Everton players appealed in vain for offside and replays showed that Terry was indeed ahead of the last defender when the ball was played through to him.
Asked about his emotions afterwards, Martinez said at his post-match media conference: “Anger, pure anger. It’s a clear-cut offside that should have been spotted. It’s a good two yards offside in the 18-yard box.
“To make it worse, it’s 50 seconds over time. It’s something that’s not good enough. There is no explanation. It’s a big, big error.
“Maybe the referee needs help with a clock where everyone can see it. It’s heartbreaking because I thought it was a terrific game of football.”
Red mist: Martinez was fuming about Terry’s last-gasp equaliser
The Everton manager has been a frequent victim of late goals at the Bridge with Chelsea scoring 89th and 90th minute winners in their last two visits.
The result leaves Everton in 11th in the Premier League table and ten points behind fourth-placed Tottenham in the chase for the Champions League places.
Chelsea remain unbeaten under Guus Hiddink and continue their slow road to recovery in 14th in the table.