On January 13, Manchester City played a home match against Everton which resulted in a goal-less draw but Manuel Pellegrini is not convinced by what happened in the game as his team had the upper hand in all aspects but had to settle with only 1 point.
Manchester City had a total of 22 shots launched in the whole of the game though only 7 of them were on target and, even with a possession of 55%, it wasn’t enough for the home team to claim a triumph as they struggled trying to score their much needed goal.
There was an incident which occurred in the game that continues to trouble Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini and it was involving a possible penalty that the referee did not award after Raheem Sterling appeared to have been brought down by John Stones. The referee of that game, Roger East, did not give the penalty to Manchester City despite all the claims and shouts that were arriving from the home team.
When the match was over, Manuel Pellegrini did not hesitate in voicing his thoughts as the Chilean manager said: “I don’t think I need to give my thoughts about that action. The whole stadium could see it was a penalty. It was so clear, so near for the referee and both legs of Raheem were taken. It was a clear foul from Stones, but if the referee doesn’t whistle for it, we can’t say anything about that. We did enough, especially in the second-half, to win the game, but nothing is finished yet. We have another 17 games to go, and we are still the favourites on Matchbook.”
The manager of Everton, Roberto Martinez replied to the complaints of Pellegrini by saying that John Stones went down in the path of the ball and that Roger East indeed did make the right choice in not awarding the penalty to the home team.
Nonetheless, it doesn’t really matter at this point as Manchester City dropped 2 vital points and now Pellegrini has to click his team back into gear and continue their journey of snatching the top spot of the Premier League and becoming the next champions of England.