By Matt Farr
BBC pundit Trevor Sinclair believes Everton should have been handed a penalty for a foul by James Collins in the 0-0 draw with West Ham on Saturday.
Collins, 33, appeared to hold back Ashley Williams when defending a corner in the West Ham box during the second-half, preventing the Everton defender from meeting the cross and fashioning a rare shot on goal.
However, not only did referee Roger East fail to penalise Collins for his alleged foul on Williams, replays show that the match official was not even looking at the incident.
Speaking on BBC One’s Match of the Day on Saturday night, Sinclair condemned the neglect shown by East towards what was happening in the West Ham box, insisting that Collins got away with giving a penalty away.
He said: “He did get away with one. He had a hold of Ashley Williams’ shirt for quite a while. I couldn’t understand why Roger East didn’t see it.
“I looked at a few of the replays and Roger East was actually looking at the corner-kick taker.
What he’s looking at the corner-kick taker for, I don’t know, but James Collins will be grateful because he got away with giving a penalty away.”
Collins eventually removed the danger for West Ham from the corner-kick, but it could have been a much different story.
Controversy aside, the two Premier League clubs played out a very drab affair, with only three shots on target throughout the entire game for both sides – all falling to West Ham.
The stalemate leaves West Ham in 13th place in the Premier League with four matches remaining, two points adrift of the top 10.
Everton, meanwhile, move ahead of Arsenal into sixth, but miss a chance to reduce the gap on the top four to just four points.
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