Everton FC captain Phil Neville admits Merseyside derby diving booking was 'stupid'

29 October 2012 12:00
Everton FC captain Phil Neville was ultimately satisfied with a 2-2 draw against Merseyside derby rivals Liverpool but thought the Toffees should have capitalised on overturning a two-goal deficit.

“I think when we were 2-0 down we’d have took a draw but we got back into the game so quickly and we felt we had the momentum,” Neville said.

“We maybe should have passed it a little bit better, took that extra touch. I think we needed control of the game in the wide areas.

“These games are fast and furious and you go home later and you analyse whether it was an offside goal.

“We also had chances to score so maybe both teams are happy with a draw in the end.”

Neville was booked on the stroke of half-time for diving after falling over under no contact from Daniel Agger. The former Manchester United man admitted: “It was a stupid thing to do by myself. “I don’t find myself at that end of the pitch very often and I actually thought Daniel Agger was coming to take me out.

“Rightly so I got my butt kicked at half-time, put myself under pressure with the yellow card and I couldn’t really commit to tackles in the second half.

“I won’t do it again, that’s for sure.”

The midfielder repeated his desire to see his side earn a spot in next season’s Champions League with a top-four finish in the Premier League.

“Draws aren’t good enough we need to win games,” he said.

“We want to be in that top four and keep showing that kind of spirit.”

Source: liverpool_echo