Jamie Carragher
Football Expert & Columnist

Jamie Carragher says Tottenham and Everton should have had penalties during their 0-0 draw

Denied: Jan Vertonghen cuts across Seamus Coleman before being felled in the penalty area

Everton and Tottenham were both wrongly denied penalties which could have altered the course of their 0-0 draw at Goodison Park, according to Jamie Carragher.

Referee Kevin Friend waved away Tottenham's first-half penalty claim after Seamus Coleman appeared to trip Jan Vertonghen in the box.

"We are giving the referee a bit of stick for not giving the penalty but his positional play is fantastic. But you think, 'how has he not given it'."

Jamie Carragher

And then the referee went on to deny Everton a penalty when Coleman was felled by Vertonghen only to regain his feet and hit a scuffed shot that failed to trouble Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.

Carragher and Saunders were adamant that both penalty appeals should have been awarded in the 0-0 draw. Read a full match report here.

Of Coleman's 66th-minute appeal, Carragher said: "He is may be not sure if he is going to get the penalty. He should get the penalty but he also has half a chance in the box on his left foot.

"May be he made the referee's mind up by the fact that he carried on. We are giving the referee a bit of stick for not giving the penalty but his positional play is fantastic. But you think, 'how has he not given it'. He is not unsighted.

"Really we should be talking about two penalties that have been given."

Fellow expert Dean Saunders agreed with Carragher's verdict and on Vertonghen's claims for a spot-kick in the first half, he said: "Vertongen can't go anywhere; he has got to go over. He didn't dive and it is a blatant penalty. Kevin Friend has a great view but he does not see it as we do."

But Saunders admitted that neither side had warranted the victory, with the draw seeing Tottenham move up to fourth and Everton remain in seventh.

"I don't think either team did enough to win," he said. "The goalkeeper [Lloris] did great for Tottenham at the end after being concussed; he made a couple of good saves. But apart from that it was quite an even game."