Danny Mills has blasted Morgan Schneiderlin after he was sent off in Everton’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Manchester City and England defender admitted the first yellow card was harsh for the midfielder but insisted he should have known not to do anything which could have seen him booked again.

Instead, he was shown a second yellow for a foul on Luka Milivojevic 15 minutes before full-time, the Toffees and the Eagles playing out a 0-0 draw.

Mills says Schneiderlin should have been more careful with his decision making in the middle of the park and that his sending off held Everton back during the crucial final period of the game.

“I think the first yellow card was a little bit harsh, I don’t think there was an awful lot in that,” Mills told Football Insider.

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“Having said that, once you’ve got one you can’t do anything, you’ve got to have the most perfect behaviour. It wasn’t dramatic what he did, it wasn’t disastrous but once Everton went down, it looked like it held them back a little bit.” 

Schneiderlin will now miss Everton’s home tie against Watford, the Hornets looking to bounce back from a humiliating 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton.

The sending off against Palace was his first dismissal since the second game of the 2017/18 season, when he picked up two yellows against Manchester City, and the fourth red card of his professional career.

In other Everton news, Mills has told Football Insider that one Toffees starter is facing the axe over the coming weeks.