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Everton's Roberto Martinez rues Seamus Coleman's honesty

Updated: Monday, 04 Nov 2013 14:45 | Comments

Martinez on Coleman: 'He just gets back on his feet and that probably allows the referee not to make a decision'
Martinez on Coleman: 'He just gets back on his feet and that probably allows the referee not to make a decision'

Everton manager Roberto Martinez was left to rue Seamus Coleman’s honesty after their scoreless Premier League draw with Tottenham at Goodison Park.

Martinez had no doubt the Toffees should have had a penalty when Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen appeared to clip the back of the Republic of Ireland full-back’s legs in the second half.

Coleman attempted to play on and get a shot away and Martinez thinks that influenced referee Kevin Friend's decision.

Martinez said: "Seamus gets impeded but he doesn't over-react, he doesn't look for the penalty.

"He just gets back on his feet and that probably allows the referee not to make a decision."

"Seamus gets impeded but he doesn't over-react" - Roberto Martinez 

Meanwhile, Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas dismissed criticism of his decision to allow goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to continue after he was concussed following a challenge with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku late in the second half.

The Frenchman required lengthy treatment after the 78th-minute incident - the chief reason nine minutes of injury time were played - and looked set to be replaced by Brad Friedel.

But after finally being led off the field, he insisted he was fit to continue and Villas-Boas decided against making a substitution.

Lloris went on to make a good late save from Gerard Deulofeu but questions were still asked as to whether it was safe for the 26-year-old to play on.

Villas-Boas said: "Hugo still doesn't recall everything about the incident.

"I made the call to keep him on the pitch because of the signs he was giving.

"He was determined to continue and looked concentrated, driven and focused enough for me not to make the call to replace him.

"The saves he did after the incident proved that right."

Both sides missed the opportunity to climb to second in the table as they played out the stalemate.

Spurs dominated before the break but failed to make the most of their considerable possession while Everton were the stronger side in the second half.

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