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McArthur On Merseyside Point

1 October 2016

A well-earned point on Merseyside in the Friday night encounter could have been more if a second half Damien Delaney header hadn't been ruled out by referee Jon Moss.  

Before that though there was uncertainty over another decision that saw a free-kick awarded, from which Everton scored, given after Delaney raised his boot as he tried to clear a loose ball but pictures showed that the ball hit Everton captain Phil Jagielka's raised arm as well. 

Midfielder James McArthur felt the official made the correct call with this decision.   

"To be honest during the game I thought it was a foul and it was right that a free kick was given but I haven't seen the incident back on TV."

The Scotland midfielder was disappointed that his part in the visitors goal being ruled out was being seen by some as the reason why his side didn't leave with maximum points.  

"I went into an offside position and went to try and get my head to the ball so its very frustrating for myself. Looking back it turned out as the difference between one point and three but that was the decision on the night. Everton is a tough place to come and before the game we were confident but if you said we were going to get a point, especially from a losing position we would have taken it."

Christian Benteke's header, as he got above Seamus Coleman, on 50 minutes gave Palace a share of the points and McArthur explained what a difference the Belgian is making to the side.  

"He's very good and is such a threat to the opposition in that position. His link up play is excellent and that is the quality he brings to this football club. Since he came into the team we have shot up the league and is obviously a big player for us."

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