Everton boss David Moyes has accused Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany of going over the top after a clash which left Tim Cahill nursing an ankle injury.
Cahill was booked for sliding in on the defender, but replays showed the defender stood on his opponent's ankle, with the Australian forced out of the action following the incident in the 66th minute of the clash at the Etihad Stadium.
The home side went on to secure a 2-0 success with goals from substitutes Mario Balotelli and James Milner, but it was the incident moments prior to the opening goal which irked Moyes.
Asked about Kompany's tackle which injured Cahill, he told Sky Sports: "I think you should be looking at that challenge instead of asking me about the other tackles.
"I think he definitely does him.
"I just want the referee to look at it and the linesman to look at it. I don't need anybody to look at it afterwards, I needed them to look at it at the time."
Careful and disciplined
When asked if Cahill would miss the Merseyside derby next Saturday, he added: "I need to wait and see, I don't know anything about that yet. Hopefully it's not too bad."
Five visiting players were booked - Jack Rodwell, Phil Neville, Leon Osman, Tim Cahill and Phil Jagielka - but Moyes insisted his side had not been overly physical.
He said: "You have to be very careful and disciplined. We didn't go out to get yellow cards. We went out to make it hard for Manchester City and for long periods of the game we did.
"We've seen other teams getting beat heavily by Manchester City - we wanted to make sure that wasn't the case and I thought for long spells we did a good job."
Moyes was far from happy with some of the challenges that were flying in on his players.
"Some? Yeah," he said. "There were a couple of similarities in a few of the challenges - you'd expect consistency and you'd expect it to be done correctly."